A study by the University of South Australia has found that incorporating almonds into an energy-restricted diet can aid in weight loss and improve cardiometabolic health. This research challenges the common belief that nuts’ high-fat content is detrimental to weight loss. The study, the largest of its kind, compared the effects of almond-supplemented diets with nut-free diets and found both successfully reduced body weight while offering additional health benefits.
- Weight Loss and Almond Consumption: The study demonstrated that including almonds in a restricted calorie diet helped participants lose weight and provided cardiometabolic benefits.
- Comparative Diet Study: Participants were divided into two groups, with one consuming almond-supplemented diets and the other nut-free diets, resulting in an average weight loss of about 7kg in both groups.
- Nutritional Value of Almonds: Almonds, rich in protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and unsaturated fats, have been shown to improve blood cholesterol levels and contribute to heart health.
- Study Design and Duration: Conducted over nine months, the study involved an initial three-month energy-restricted diet for weight loss, followed by a six-month energy-controlled diet for weight maintenance, with a focus on almonds and carbohydrate-rich snacks.
- Implications for Diet Recommendations: These findings support the inclusion of almonds in balanced weight-loss diets, offering new insights for dietitians and nutritionists.