A major research conducted recently showed that only a handful of nuts each day can have a significant role in reducing chances of a heart disease or cancer. It also had the potential to reduce any chances of early death. This study was conducted at Imperial College London.
The research reveals that people who consumed about 20 grams of nuts on a daily basis had lesser risks of being affected by any major disease. It is about a handful amount but the contribution of reducing any chances of heart disease was as much as 30%. Moreover, it can reduce the chances of premature death by 22% while about 15% risks for cancer can be slashed.
Additionally, over 40% reduction in risks to get diabetes can also be reduced and over 50% chances of dying due to respiratory problems can be decreased. Peanuts, as well as nuts, are high in magnesium, fiber, and polyunsaturated fats. These together are highly beneficial when it comes to cutting down different risks associated with cardiovascular diseases.
The individuals on whom the study was conducted had been eating nuts like almonds, cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, peanuts, and hazelnuts. Each of these nuts has the potential for guarding against different forms of heart diseases and reducing risks of early deaths.
While peanuts had the potential of cutting risks associated with strokes, tree nuts reduced the risks of cancer. The researchers concluded that the benefits were evident due to the nutritional value of the nuts.
DagfinnAune who was the co-author of this research mentioned that peanuts, as well as nuts that were high in magnesium, polyunsaturated fats, and fiber, were highly beneficial for cutting down the chances of different cardiovascular diseases. These also have the ability to reduce cholesterol levels.
He further mentioned that walnuts, as well as pecan nuts, were rich in antioxidants that have the ability to fight against oxidative stress and cancer. Moreover, even though nuts are high in fat, they have substantial risks for reducing obesity.
Summarizing the study, it is clear that only a handful of nuts each day can have a substantial impact on the above-mentioned diseases. The team’s findings presently appear in the journal of BMC Medicine that analyzed data gathered from over 29 studies that include over 800,000 participants. The participants included men and women of different age groups and from different regions across the world. Moreover, there was no evidence for extra benefits if people consumed over 20 grams or 0.7 oz on a daily basis.
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