A Few Almonds a Day Can Boost Your Health

Eating a few almonds every day can improve your diet overall, according to new research from the University of Florida.

In a study that measured how the addition of almonds impacted health, researchers collected data from 28 parent-child pairs. The parents were asked to eat 1.5 ounces of whole almonds per day for three weeks, while the children were asked to eat a half-ounce of the nuts or the equivalent in almond butter each day.

After the three-week "almond intervention," and during subsequent weeks, both parents and children scored better on the Healthy Eating Index - a scale that measures diet quality according to the USDA's guidelines.

Replacing salty snacks

Researchers believe that parents and kids learned to replace salty snacks and processed foods with almonds.

"The habits you have when you are younger are carried into adulthood, so if a parent is able to incorporate almonds or different healthy snacks into a child's diet, it's more likely that the child will choose those snacks later on in life," said Alyssa Burns, doctoral student and lead study investigator.

Because the children in the study did experience boredom eating almonds every day, researchers suggest parents add them to familiar foods like oatmeal or sandwiches.

Source: University of Florida

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