Almond Intervention

Almond Intervention

The American TV reality show Intervention ran for 14 seasons and covered every addiction from crack cocaine and methamphetamines to sex, gambling and video games. But one thing the show didn’t cover: almonds. That’s right … almonds. But now there’s finally been an almond intervention and the amazing results are in!

Researchers at the University of Florida staged the nutty intervention with a group of 28 parents and their kids. They had some parents add one-and-a-half ounces of the nuts to their daily diet and some kids added a half an ounce of nuts or almond butter equivalent.

The result? Both the nutty parents’ and kids’ entire nutritional profile, as measured by Healthy Eating Index (HEI), skyrocketed. The researchers said that while the parents and children all began the study with a less-than-healthful HEI of about 54, by the end it had climbed into the moderately healthy range, topping 61. (The Healthy Eating Index is based on the USDAs Dietary Guidelines: A score below 50 indicates a poor diet; over 80 is very healthy.)

Almonds (and walnuts) dish up lots of protein. That gives you energy. And when parents and kids snacked on almonds they reduced the amount of sugary, processed foods they ate! (Walnuts will do that for you too.)

Another hidden benefit:  Eating a handful of almonds (or walnuts) 20 to 30 minutes before mealtime helps control your appetite and that helps you lose weight. So go nuts! (Just don’t overeat ‘em; they deliver about 163-185 calories an ounce.)

Think Dark... Chocolate
Think Dark... Chocolate
A bit of dark chocolate may do more than just tickle your taste buds. Eating about 3 1/2 ounces of dark chocolate helped relax people's blood vessels...
Read More
Is vegetable oil healthy?
Dr. Mark Hyman, MDDr. Mark Hyman, MD
Using lots of different types of oils is the best way to keep your health on track. In this video, f...
More Answers
5 Top Foods for Your Heart, Plus 1 to Avoid
5 Top Foods for Your Heart, Plus 1 to Avoid5 Top Foods for Your Heart, Plus 1 to Avoid5 Top Foods for Your Heart, Plus 1 to Avoid5 Top Foods for Your Heart, Plus 1 to Avoid
What's best to eat for your ticker? A heart doctor weighs in.
Start Slideshow
3 Treats That Make You Smarter
3 Treats That Make You Smarter