Nuts for the hearts: Know the five benefits of eating nuts

16 June 2018, 03:09 PM

People who eat nuts tend to be better educated and have healthier life, suggests a study. Eating nuts on a weekly basis may improve the regularity of the heart palpitation and lower the risk of heart failure.

With good content of cholesterol, nuts are beneficial for the cardiovascular system.

The five benefits of eating nuts

1. A study by researchers from Sweden’s Karolinska Institute found that the more nuts were included in the diet, the lower was the associated risk of atrial fibrillation.

2. Moderate consumption of nuts can help reduce risk of heart attack, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, also known as heart flutter, and abdominal aortic aneurysm, the researchers said.

3. Eating a serving of nuts like almonds is also beneficial for the digestive system, they said.

“Research shows that almonds, which are a source of protein and high in dietary fibre, can help in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, may improve blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes and help lower the blood sugar impact of carbohydrate foods, which affects fasting insulin levels,” said nutritionist Ritika Samaddar.

4. Finding shows that eating a serving of nuts one to three times a month was associated with a lowered risk of just three per cent, rising to 12 per cent when eating them once or twice a week, and to 18 per cent when eating them three or more times a week.

5. Each additional portion of nuts eaten during the week was associated with a four per cent lowering in atrial fibrillation risk.

Make sure that nuts are consumed in the right portion with a balanced diet. Though nuts have health benefits, they could be cause allergy and health problems when taken in extra quantity or portions.

First Published: Saturday, June 16, 2018 03:01 PM

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