Two much-anticipated, Almond Board–funded nutrition research studies were published in the August edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Studies from both Dr. Gary Foster of Temple University and Dr. David Baer of USDA‘s Agricultural Research Service's Human Nutrition Research Center were published in this highly respected journal.
Foster’s study showed that following a reduced-calorie diet including almonds led to weight loss and improved heart disease risk factors when compared to a similar weight-loss program not including nuts.
In the same issue, Baer reported results of his groundbreaking research showing that whole almonds provide about 20% fewer calories than currently thought. ABC is now working with government agencies to determine what Baer's study results may mean for future consumer education about almonds, such as Nutrition Facts panels. Foster’s study was picked up by Reuters and Baer’s by United Press International, and ABC continues to implement an active media campaign. Watch the next issue of California Almonds Outlook for more news about the ongoing global media attention generated by these studies.
Good news about almonds and heart health: 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. One serving of almonds (28g) has 13g of unsaturated fat and only 1g of saturated fat.