A study sought to evaluate the effect of an almond-enriched low-calorie diet on body composition and metabolism in a weight reduction program. The results showed that supplementation with almonds, in contrast to complex carbohydrates, was associated with greater reductions in weight and BMI, waist circumference, fat mass, total body water and systolic blood pressure.
According to the study, as reported by Green Med Info:
“[The] findings suggest that an almond-enriched [low-calorie diet] improves a preponderance of the abnormalities associated with the metabolic syndrome ... Almond supplementation ... is a novel alternative to self-selected complex carbohydrates and has a potential role in reducing the public health implications of obesity.”
In related news, another study from as far back as 2002 showed that almonds used as snacks could significantly reduce coronary heart disease risk factors, probably because of the healthy components of the nut.