The increasing popularity of weight loss reality shows and continuous investments on various slimming supplements and fitness center is the sign that obesity is a huge problem in USA. A report published in Journal of Obesity exposed the connection between benefits of eating almonds and weight loss.
A group of experts led by Michelle Wien Dr. P.H., R.D., mentioned that almonds being dense in nutrients, usually keep craving at bay. A person who maintains an unhealthy diet, the brain will always send hunger signals to the body, thus leading to over eating and hence weight gain.
What Almond Contain that Helps in Weight Loss
To break this cycle, eating almond regularly is one of the solutions. Almonds are effective in suppressing the cravings. Almonds contain monounsaturated fat, protein, and fiber which help feel fuller for longer period of time.
Almonds are high in protein. It is a good alternative for red meat and eggs. In fact amount of protein in an ounce of almonds is equal to that in lean meat.
High Fiber Content
High fiber content is another factor that makes almond a healthier alternative than meat. Foods rich in fiber can effectively prevent fats and calories to be absorbed by your body.
Oleic Acid is a monounsaturated fat that is usually found in olive oil. It contributes effectively to reduce cholesterol levels. Research conducted at University of Toronto stated that eating on ounce of almonds a day dramatically decreases LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein or bad cholesterol) and hence lower the risks of heart diseases.
Vitamin E has anti-oxidant properties that contribute in preventing occurrence of heart ailments. Eating an ounce of almonds a day satiates the 40% of body daily requirement of Vitamin E.
Along all this studies also recommend almond for having cancer protecting properties. Nuts especially almonds contain phytochemicals that are biologically active compound to prevent formation of tumors.