A new study, published by researchers at the University of Florida, has revealed that almonds consumed on a daily basis enriched the diets of adults and children.
“Almonds are a good source of plant protein — essential fatty acids, vitamin E and magnesium,” said Alyssa Burns. The researchers provided almonds daily to 29 pairs of parents and children for several weeks.
Most of the adults were mothers with an average age of 35, while their children were between 3 and 6 years old. The children were encouraged to consume 0.5 ounces of almond butter daily. Parents were given 1.5 ounces of almonds per day. Researchers measured diet quality through the healthy eating index (HEI) which measures 12 dietary guidelines for Americans.
The findings specified that when parents and their children ate almonds, their HEI (Healthy Eating Index (HEI)) tools increased. HEI measures diet quality and adherence to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Parents and children consumed more vitamin E and magnesium when eating almonds, she said.
When parents and children ate almonds, their HEI score increased from 53.7 to 61.4, Burns indicated.
1.Alyssa M. Burns, Michelle A. Zitt, Cassie C. Rowe, Bobbi Langkamp-Henken, Volker Mai, Carmelo Nieves, Maria Ukhanova, Mary C. Christman, Wendy J. Dahl. Diet quality improves for parents and children when almonds are incorporated into their daily diet: a randomized, crossover study. Nutrition Research, 2016; 36 (1): 80 DOI: 10.1016/j.nutres.2015.11.004