Almonds Could Be a Healthy Snack Choice

almonds spilling out of glass bowlIf you’re like me you often find yourself craving a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack. But you may wonder whether there is a healthy alternative to the sweets or chips that are so easily accessible these days.

A study by nutritional experts at Purdue University suggests a potential solution: almonds.

The researchers studied 137 adults at risk of diabetes in a randomized controlled clinical trial. The study included participants who ate mid-morning or mid-afternoon snacks of 1.5 ounces of almonds – approximately 37 nuts. The study showed the participants experienced reduced hunger and no weight gain during the four week trial period.

“This research suggests that almonds may be a good snack option, especially for those concerned about weight,” says the study’s principal investigator Richard Mattes, PhD, MPH, RD, a nutritionist at Purdue.

“Almonds provide post-ingestive metabolic and appetitive benefits and did not increase the risk for weight gain,” concludes the study, recently published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. “This suggests that almonds may be a healthful snack option.”

So, if you’re feeling peckish this afternoon, perhaps you should give almonds a try.

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