Can almonds reduce the risk of heart disease? Apparently they can—according to a study led by Professor Helen Griffiths, Professor in Biomedical Sciences and Executive Dean of the School of Life and Health Science at Aston University, Birmingham, UK. The goal was to evaluate the effects of a short-term trial of eating almonds on reducing the risk of heart disease. A control group of healthy males ate what they would normally eat, the test group of males with cardiovascular risk factors including high blood pressure or being overweight ate snacks of 50 grams of almonds (slightly under two ounces; 1.76 ounces to be more precise) every day for one month. Did it make any difference? At the end of the study period, the test group showed higher blood-levels of antioxidants, lower blood pressure, and improved blood flow; all of which potentially reduce one’s risk of heart disease. Part 2, tomorrow.