Eat Nuts And Live Longer

Want to live longer. Just add 50 grams of almonds, cashews, chestnuts, walnuts or pistachios in your diet to control blood fats (triglycerides) and sugars and add life to your years.

A person is considered to have metabolic syndrome if he or she has three of the following risk factors – low levels of good cholesterol; high triglycerides; high blood pressure; high blood sugar’ and extra weight around the waist.

A study done by John Sievenpiper, a physician at St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto found that eating tree nuts is good for lowering risk for heart disease and other health problems such as diabetes and strokes.

The study also found a modest decrease in blood fats known as triglycerides and blood sugars among people who added tree nuts to their diets compared to those who consumed a control diet.
Before arriving at any conclusion, Sievenpiper screened 2,000 articles published in peer-reviewed journals and found 49 randomised control trials with 2,000 participants.

He said the biggest reductions in triglycerides and blood glucose were seen when tree nuts replaced refined carbohydrates rather than saturated fats.

Sievenpiper said there was no adverse impact on the other risk factors for metabolic syndrome or weight gain, even though nuts are high in calories.

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