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Dietitian E-News: Achieve New Year's Wellness Resolutions with Almonds


For many clients, the New Year marks the start of a new and improved era, oftentimes kicking off a health and wellness reset. While health and wellness are a year-round affair, January traditionally inspires clients to revisit their exercise and healthy eating goals. According to the Global Consumer Survey by Statisical1 exercising more was the top New Year’s resolution in 2023 and was closely followed by eating healthier. While setting resolutions is a great start, meeting them is a whole other ball game. As health professionals, clients will look to you for guidance on how to best kickstart (or restart!) their health and wellness journeys and maintain their resolutions for the long haul.

The key to achieving long-term goals is the small swaps that stick and help us become healthier and happier, all year long. Almonds are the perfect satiating snack that can support clients with any resolutions tied to eating healthier and being more active. This small but effective addition to snacking helps clients stay on track all year long. With 6g of protein, 13g of “good” unsaturated fats, only 1g of saturated fat, and 4g of fiber in every one ounce serving, almonds help stave off hunger and offer that “full” feeling we all want from a snack. Their light, buttery flavor and satisfying crunch are a delicious bonus!

Beyond this, as clients look to become more active in 2024, promising new research has investigated the link between almonds and exercise recovery. Learn more here about how almonds are the perfect food for fitness!


Two new studies build on the large body of scientific evidence suggesting that almonds can improve diet quality and aid in weight management. They may also support weight loss as part of a reduced-calorie diet among adults with overweight or obesity.

The first study2, published in Obesity and funded by the Almond Board of California, tracked 140 Australians aged 25-65 years with overweight or obesity for nine months. For the first three months of the study, the participants reduced their daily calories by 30% through either a nut-free or almond-enriched diet (with almonds providing 15% of their daily calorie needs, which is approximately 1.0-1.76 ounces/30-50 g). On both diets, participants lost an average of 15 pounds (7 kg) and improved their lean body mass after three months. Moreover, they continued to lose weight, about 2 pounds (approximately 1 kg), during the subsequent six months.

The second study was a 12-month study3, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and also funded by the Almond Board of California, which found that almonds, when eaten long-term as a snack, can improve overall diet quality without causing weight gain among healthy non-obese, habitual snacking adults in New Zealand. Half of the 136 participants, which were comprised of mostly women and relatively younger individuals, were assigned to eat either 1.5 ounces (43 g) of almonds or 10% of their daily calorie needs (whichever was greater) while the remaining participants in the control group consumed a calorie-matched high-carbohydrate snack. Participants in the almond group consumed significantly more protein, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, fiber, vitamin E, calcium, copper, magnesium, phosphorous, and zinc, and less carbohydrates and sugar than the control group.

Study 1: Almonds vs. Carbohydrate Snacks in an Energy-Restricted Diet: Weight and Cardiometabolic Outcomes from a Randomized Trial

  • In this largest study to date of almonds and weight management, participants following an almond-enriched diet consumed 15% of their daily calorie needs from 1.0 to 1.76 ounces (30-50 g) of whole, unsalted almonds, while the nut-free control group consumed 15% of their calories from carbohydrate-rich snacks. Both groups reduced their overall energy intake by 30% for three months followed by a six-month weight maintenance phase.
  • Both groups experienced weight loss during the intervention phase as well as improvements in blood pressure, total cholesterol, harmful LDL-cholesterol, triglycerides and beneficial HDL-cholesterol.
  • The almond group saw greater improvements in lipoprotein subfractions (the different types of lipoproteins that carry cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood), which may reduce cardiovascular risks.
  • Limitations: Future research should investigate different doses of almonds and test people with additional heart disease and diabetes risk factors as the results are not generalizable to populations with chronic diseases.

Study 2: Comparing the Effects of Consuming Almonds or Biscuits on Body Weight in Habitual Snackers: A 1-Year Randomized Controlled Trial

  • In this study, 136 normal weight or overweight snackers added either 1.5 ounces (43 g) of almonds (about 10% of their daily calorie needs) or an equivalent amount of biscuits to their diet.
  • Researchers measured baseline body weight, body composition, fasting blood samples and resting metabolic rate. Participants completed a 3-day weighed food record and a sleep questionnaire. Participants were encouraged to consume their study snacks as their first snack of the day. Measures were repeated at 3, 6 and 12 months.​
  • For the almond group, absolute intakes of protein, total fat, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, fiber, vitamin E, calcium, copper, magnesium, phosphorous, and zinc increased. The almond group had significantly lower energy intake from carbohydrates and sugar compared to the biscuit control group.
  • There were no statistically significant weight changes or changes in lipids during the study in either group. Women in the almond group did not have a statistically significant change in visceral fat, but men had a statistically significant increase in visceral fat compared to the biscuit group.
  • Limitations: The study was conducted during the COVID-19 lockdown which may have affected eating habits and exercise levels. The participants were people at a normal weight or overweight so results may not be generalizable to other populations such as those with obesity.

New Year, Same Snack! Almond Snacking Situations for All Day Long

Help your clients choose wholesome snacks that satisfy their health needs and taste delicious! Almonds can do just that with their nutrient package and versatility. One handful offers 6g of plant protein, 4g of filling plant fiber, 13g of “good” unsaturated fats and only 1g of saturated fat plus plenty of vitamins and minerals.

From morning to night, find more ways that almonds can help you snack for success this 2024 here.

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2. Carter S, Hill AM, Mead LC, Wong HY, Yandell C, Buckley JD, Tan S, Rogers GB, Fraysse F, Coates AM. Almonds vs. carbohydrate snacks in an energy-restricted diet: Weight and cardiometabolic outcomes from a randomized trial. Obesity. 2023 August 24: doi: 10.1002/oby.23860


3. Brown RC, Ware L, Gray AR, Tey SL, Chisholm A. Comparing the Effects of Consuming Almonds or Biscuits on Body Weight in Habitual Snackers: A 1 .-Year Randomized Controlled Trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 2023 May 6:S0002-9165(23)48908-3. doi: 10.1016/j.ajcnut.2023.05.015.