In the study, Penn State researchers compared the levels and role of high-density lipoprotein (HDL cholesterol) in people who ate almonds every day to the HDL levels and use of the same group of individuals when they ate a muffin instead. The researchers found that while participants were on the almond diet, their HDL levels and functionality enhanced.
Penny Kris-Etherton, professor of nutrition at Penn State, says the study builds on previous research on the effects of almonds on cholesterol-lowering diets.
“There is a good deal of research out there which shows a diet that contains almonds reduces low-density lipoprotein, or LDL cholesterol, which is a significant risk factor for heart disease. But not as much was known about how almonds affect HDL cholesterol, which is considered good cholesterol and helps lower your risk of heart disease,”
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