Evidence of almonds’ benefits in helping to prevent heart disease has been growing over the past several years, due to a number of scientific studies showing a connection between eating almonds and other nuts and a lowered risk of heart disease. In 2003, the FDA approved a qualified health claim that states “Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as almonds, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.”
Among the scientific evidence that supports that claim are more than a dozen studies that show a diet low in saturated fat that includes one ounce of almonds (23 nuts, about the size of a handful) lowers total and (harmful) LDL cholesterol. Researchers found one handful of almonds lowers LDL cholesterol by 4.4 percent.
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