In a recent study, a team of researchers asked 28 pairs of parents and their children living in North Florida to add almonds or almond butter to their diet for a 3 week period. Healthy Eating Index scores were taken before the participants started adding almonds into their diet. The researchers saw that after adding almonds to their diet, the parents’ Healthy Eating Index average scores increased.
Participants also increased their Healthy Eating Index scores for total protein foods and decreased the intake of empty calories.
The researchers believe the explanation for the improvements is that both parents and children were replacing their usual unhealthy snacks with almonds.
Researchers also believe that what 3 to 6 year-old children eat is particularly important in providing lifelong health benefits.
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