Nuts have been found to be beneficial to our health for a varied number of reasons. To join the long-standing list is one more advantage: Eating small quantities of nuts every week can significantly lower the risk of heart attack or stroke, according to a new study. Researchers found that compared to those who never ate or almost never ate nuts, individuals who ate 28 grams of nuts at least five days a week had 14% reduced chances of cardiovascular disease and 20% lower chance of coronary heart disease during their study period.
Nuts are rich in arginine, an amino acid required to make nitric oxide that relaxes constricted blood vessels and makes blood flow easier. Along with it, nuts also contain vitamin E, folic acid, potassium, fiber and other nutrients as well which make them a healthy yet tasty food.
Every nut is different with its unique advantages and taste. The study promotes the consumption of both, walnut and peanut as they are associated with lower disease risk. Peanut butter is not advocated as people often eat it along with some salt or sweeteners, negating the health butter of peanuts.
It is better to include a variety of nuts in your diet instead of sticking only to almonds or walnuts as each type has different nutrients that serve different purposes. The different nuts and their advantages are jotted down at the website www.firsteatright.com. But, gobbling them up along with your regular snacks or meals is not going to do you any good. Nuts are rich in calories along with their rich health content. Every 28 grams of nuts contains 185 calories and if they are not eaten with caution, nuts can cause a rapid increase in body weight resulting in heart disease. Substitute nuts in place of unhealthy junks, add them to salads or use them instead of meat in main dishes.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.