A Handful of Almonds Each Day Can Lower Cholesterol

Balance calories in tiny ways that add up to big benefits: You just adopt some tricks naturally lean people do. Pick the ones you like, stick with them, and you’ll slim down and tone up—for good.

 

Pair your daily almonds with these other foods that naturally lower cholesterol, and you’ll be good to go. After all, you don’t need drugs to keep your LDL and HDL levels in check.

 

The reason why “good cholesterol” is so good, is because the higher it is, the lower the “bad cholesterol” is. HDL cholesterol, according to the CDC “absorbs cholesterol and carries it back to the liver, which flushes it from the body,” and can help “reduce the risk for heart disease and stroke.”

 

A new study from Penn State took 48 men and women with high levels of LDL cholesterol, then put them on two different six-week diets. The daily diets would be identical save for one snack; one group would eat a banana muffin, while one group would eat 43 grams of almonds.

 

There are two types of cholesterol to always keep in mind, which, when combined, compose the bodies total cholesterol. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is the so-called “bad cholesterol,” while high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL) is the so-called “good cholesterol.” And if you eat almonds, your HDL rises, and LDL drops.