Almonds and dark chocolate are undoubtedly a delicious combination. But as if that weren’t enough, this duo could also have important health benefits. That’s why we recommend our almond products with dark chocolate.
According to a study published in the American Heart Association (AHA) journal, eating nearly one-third cup of almonds a day helps reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. This is because it significantly reduces the number of low-density lipoproteins (LDL), also known as “bad cholesterol”. This type of cholesterol is so called because at high levels it contributes to clogged arteries.
The study showed that almonds could reduce cholesterol by up to 7%. Combined with dark chocolate and cocoa, they also fulfill this function. However, dark chocolate and cocoa alone would not have impacted cholesterol levels.
Consumed separately, almonds and dark chocolate had already been linked in previous studies to lower blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. All risk factors for heart disease.
It is not a matter of eating a lot of chocolate almonds to lower bad cholesterol, as daily calorie intake should be controlled. However, they are a perfect option to incorporate into a varied diet as they are a delicious sweet with numerous benefits. Something that does not occur in other commercial sweets, such as donuts, which have high amounts of hydrogenated vegetable fat.
The consumption of almonds improves the functioning of the immune system and increases our brain functions, keeping us more lucid and active. They are also an indisputable source of iron that helps us prevent and fight anemia.
Remember that, when in doubt, it is best to consult a nutritionist.