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EATING ALMONDS IN THE MORNING HELPS IN REDUCING CHOLESTEROL AND GLUCOSE

By Gurpreet Kaur . 18th August 2018 01:00pm
EATING ALMONDS IN THE MORNING HELPS IN REDUCING CHOLESTEROL AND GLUCOSE

Having almonds as morning snacks help in minimising the level of cholesterol and enhance the blood sugar level among the people who usually skip breakfast. Students are usually in the habit of skipping the breakfast due to their hectic schedule and lifestyle. According to a study, having breakfast regularly helps in reducing the blood sugar and metabolism of insulin. One of the expert nutritionists said, "This study, the first among a college student population, shows that for those who skip breakfast, almonds are a good snack choice." If the students and people who skip breakfast, due to schedule and tension, start eating almonds and graham crackers as breakfast then they may be at a lower risk of less cholesterol and enhanced blood sugar levels. But the experts say that almonds are more benefiting for such a treat. A study found out that the people who ate almonds were better at preserving HDL and better body's ability to regulating sugar level in blood.

Participants of the study measured their calorie and nutrient intake in a questionnaire. The outcome of that study found that the people who consumed almond had better glucoregulatory and cardiometabolic indicators. These indicators were inclusive of 13% less two-hour glucose area and 34% less insulin resistance index.
That group of people also had 82% higher index of Matsuda during the oral glucose tolerance testing which represented a total estimation of insulin sensitivity. This ratio index almost became twice the number with the almond consumption. Both the groups noticed a significant reduction in the HDL cholesterol, but the people who consumed almond noticed 13.5% reduced cholesterol level.
An expert said, "For almonds to double the Matsuda index over an 8-week period is profound, especially in a young, healthy population, illustrating the benefit in insulin sensitivity that almonds may provide. And almonds’ effect on several of the other glucoregulatory and cardiometabolic health parameters shows their potential as a smart snack, particularly in this group."