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Eating almonds daily may boost 'good' cholesterol

New York, August 12

Munching on a handful of almonds daily may boost the levels of 'good' cholesterol in the body while simultaneously improving the way it functions, a study claims.

Researchers from Pennsylvania State University in the US compared the levels and function of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or good cholesterol in people who ate almonds every day, to the HDL levels and function of the same group of people when they ate a muffin instead.

They found that while participants were on the almond diet, their HDL levels and functionality improved.

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

"HDL is very small when it gets released into circulation. It is 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 Kris-Etherton, professor at Penn State.

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