2004, as reported by just-food.com: Almonds could
help increase the intake of several important nutrients
according to new research conducted by California's Loma
Linda University. For one year, researchers followed 81
men and women, ranging in age from 25 to 70 years old,
to evaluate the long-term impact of a diet supplemented
with almonds. During the first six months, patients in
the study followed their standard diet. For the next six
months, they added an average of 52 grams of almonds per
day (approximately two one-ounce handfuls) to their diet.
After snacking on almonds for six months, subjects
showed higher levels of several nutrients, including
monounsaturated fats (42%), polyunsaturated fats (24%),
dietary fiber (12%), vegetable protein (19%), alpha-tocopherol
vitamin E (66%), magnesium (23%), and copper (15%).
Researchers also found a decrease in subjects’
intake of trans fats (14%), sodium (21%), cholesterol
(17%) and sugars (13%).
“The changes we saw in nutrient intake are consistent
with the dietary recommendations experts make to reduce
the risk of heart disease and other chronic diseases,
including recommendations recently set by the Dietary
Guidelines Advisory Committee,” said the study’s
lead researcher Karen Jaceldo-Siegl.