We are looking for individuals living in Adelaide to participate in a study investigating the effect of daily almond consumption.

Background

The global prevalence of obesity is escalating and is associated with excessive storage of fat in both the abdomen and liver, which increase an individuals' risk of developing a myriad of metabolic disturbances including type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Nuts, including almonds, are an important component of healthy eating patterns as they contain various bioactive components that affect multiple physiological and metabolic processes. Strong evidence supports that almond consumption can benefit weight management and blood lipid profiles, the amount of fat in the liver and stomach, and a healthy gut bacterial profile.

Accordingly, there is considerable value in exploring the potential of daily almond consumption, as a simple food-based strategy, to improve blood glucose control and reduce the levels of liver fat and the presence and consequences of imbalances of the bacteria populations in the gut in obese populations, who are at risk of fatty liver disease, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

About this study

This study aims to describe the effect of daily almond consumption or biscuits over eight weeks on blood glucose control, fat stores in the liver and abdomen, liver function, gut health, body weight, body composition (the amount of muscle and fat) and markers of cardiovascular disease risk.

You will be asked to eat one of these snacks for morning and afternoon tea every day during the study. You will also be asked to refrain from eating any other nuts and seeds (including nuts and seeds in foods) for the duration of the study.

The study will run for eight weeks and participants will be required to attend the CSIRO Nutrition and Health Research Clinic at SAHMRI, North Terrace in Adelaide for the study visits. On completion of the study, participants will receive a Coles-Myer gift card valued at $200 to acknowledge their valuable contribution to scientific research.

Study criteria

CSIRO is looking for non-smoking overweight adults to participate in a study exploring the health effects of eating a daily snack of almonds or biscuits for eight weeks.

We would like to hear from you if you are: aged 20-70 years and your weight has not changed more than three kilograms in the past two months.

Participate in this study

If you are interested in participating in this study, please complete the online registration form and select "Advancing Metabolic Health of Almonds (age 20-70)" in the drop down field.

If you have any queries about this study or would like further information please call (08) 8303 8876, 1800 850 036 or email CRUstudies@csiro.au.

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