According to research, a handful of almonds a day (about 42g) could be the key to a longer and shapelier life.
The nutrient-rich nuts can get rid of your belly fat and waist circumference , give you slimmer legs and lower the risk of heart disease by reducing cholesterol.
Experts from Pennsylvania State University compared the diets of 52 overweight, middle-aged adults with high-cholesterol over 12 weeks.
Previous studies have shown that an almond diet is linked to improved heart health - but scientists say this is the largest controlled study to date.
Despite no differences in weight between the two groups, the almond diet was found to significantly reduce belly fat, waist circumference and leg fat.
Almonds were also found to lower cholesterol, lowering the risk of heart disease.
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ALMONDS BOOST MALE FERTILITY: EATING SEVEN NUTS A DAY COULD IMPROVE A MAN'S SPERM COUNT AND QUALITY
Eating seven nuts a day could improve a man's sperm count and quality, say Italian doctors who are testing the theory in a trial of 100 men being treated for infertility at a hospital in Turin.
One group will add seven nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds or peanuts) to their normal diet; another group will reduce their intake of saturated fat by cutting down on processed meat and dairy products, and increase the amount of polyunsaturated fats, from foods such as oily fish and seeds.
The team at Azienda Ospedaliera Citta della Salute e della Scienza di Torino believe both strategies may improve fertility, as polyunsaturated fatty acids have been shown to have a number of effects that help, including reducing inflammation.