If you feel like snacking, why not snack on something delicious that lowers your bad cholesterol 7%?
Because a new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association proves the amazing health benefits of not just one, but two delicious sweets.
31 overweight participants between the ages of 30 and 70 completed this study.
Their time were divided into four diet periods with two-week breaks between them:
– In the first period, all the subjects ate a normal American diet.
– In the second period they ate 42.5 grams of almonds daily.
– In the third they ate 18 grams of cocoa powder and 43 grams of dark chocolate per day.
– And in the fourth they ate a combination of the almonds and cocoa every day.
Participants ate the almonds and cocoa as a substitute for dairy fat, and not in addition to it.
Compared with the American diet, the almond diet reduced total cholesterol by 4% and LDL (bad) cholesterol by 7%.
The cocoa-almond combination diet was most effective with a reduction of small dense low-density lipoprotein particles. These particles are particularly harmful. Compared with the American diet, the combination diet reduced these particles by almost seven more milligrams per deciliter of blood.
The cocoa-only diet did not have much of an effect on cholesterol. But it didn’t harm it either.