Almonds are tree nuts that contain a number of beneficial nutrients. One serving, 28 grams or a small handful, packs roughly:
Almonds may improve cholesterol levels.
A number of small studies have found that eating an almond-rich diet can reduce "bad" LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol and oxidized LDL cholesterol, which is particularly harmful to heart health.
Almonds consumed as part of a low-calorie diet may aid weight loss and lower blood pressure in people who are overweight or obese.
In addition, eating a meal with one ounce (28 grams) of almonds may help lower the rise in blood sugar that happens after a meal by as much as 30% in people with diabetes but not significantly in healthy people.
Moreover, almonds have been shown to reduce inflammation in people with type 2 diabetes.
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