Nuts in general, but particularly almonds, have been a promoted as a source of quick protein on the go, but now several more studies have hailed it as the optimal snack.

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With 97 percent of Americans eating at least one snack per day — 40 percent eating up to four snacks per day — researchers think identifying an appropriate snacking item a topic of importance.

Almonds were already considered considered a good snack for the health conscious, because they do not cause a spike in blood sugar and are packed with protein and dietary fiber, which can keep people feeling full longer. What’s more they’re also a source of “good” fats, vitamins and minerals.

Dr. Carol O’Neil with Louisiana State University analyzed nearly 25,000 adults and found those who ate almonds had an increased nutrient intake, better levels dietary fiber and a “better physiological status” — presumably meaning a better physique — than those who didn’t snack on almonds.

Another study evaluated adults with Type 2 diabetes. Those who included 250 calories worth of almonds in their diet as opposed to another snack item for four weeks did not gain weight.

Dr. Penny-Kris Etherton from Pennsylvania State University also compared almonds to different snack options — one high in carbohydrates — in patients with high cholesterol. While this study didn’t support weight loss of one snack over another, it did measure a reduction in stomach fat for the almond eaters.

The findings and more were presented Sunday at the American Society of Nutrition’s Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting in San Diego.

“Presenting new research to this audience of scientists and health professionals is critical to turning the findings into practical application and recommendations,” Dr. Karen Lapsley, chief science officer for the Almond Board of California, said in a statement. “These results help to advance the evolution of our understanding of almonds’ beneficial effects as part of a healthy diet.”

The research presented was sponsored by the Almond Board of California.

(H/T: Daily Mail)

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