Adding Almonds to your daily diet may lower bad cholesterol

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New Delhi: With changing lifestyles and exposure to junk foods, cholesterol has become a common health problem.

Munching a handful of almonds daily may help in removal of bad cholesterol, new research suggests.

Adding more to incredible properties of the nut, researchers from Penn State found that almonds may not only help boost levels of “good” or HDL cholesterol, but also improve the way it removes cholesterol from the body.

Almonds works by gathering cholesterol from tissues, like the arteries, and helping to transport it out of the body.

“HDL is very small when it gets released into circulation. It’s like a garbage bag that slowly gets bigger and more spherical as it gathers cholesterol from cells and tissues before depositing them in the liver to be broken down,” said Penny Kris-Etherton, professor at the Pennsylvania State University.

While almonds will not totally eliminate the risk of heart disease, they may be a smart choice for a healthy snack, as they also provide a dose of good fats, vitamin E and fibre, the research said.