Winter season is on, and while people are facing problems like dry skin and extreme cold. Also, we have hunger pangs and late night appetites. Nuts are very useful to curb all these.
A daily handful of nuts cuts your risk of heart disease and cancer.
Just 20g of walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, pistachios, pecans, Brazil nuts or peanuts reduces the risk of coronary disease by nearly 30% and stroke by 7%.
Scientists from Imperial College London analyzed 29 studies and found nuts could reduce your chances of getting cancer by 15% and dying prematurely by 22%. The risk of dying from respiratory disease also dropped by half and diabetes by almost 40%.
Study co-author Dr. Dagfinn Aune said: “Nuts are high in fiber, magnesium, and polyunsaturated fats. It’s quite a substantial effect on such a small amount of food.”
While the intake of both peanuts and tree nuts was associated with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease, and mortality only peanuts were linked to reduced risk of stroke, while tree nuts were linked to reduced cancer risk.
However, he warned people should avoid peanut butter as they can be high in sugar or salt.
But if everyone ate at least a handful of nuts a day 4.4 million premature deaths globally could be avoided.
Dr. Aune added: “For specific causes of death, we estimated that 1.19 million deaths due to coronary heart disease, 469,000 due to cancer, 1.07 million due to respiratory illness, and 138,000 due to diabetes might be caused by a nut intake below 20 grams per day.
“In conclusion, our results provide further evidence that nut consumption may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, cardiovascular disease, total cancer, and all-cause mortality, and possibly death from diabetes, respiratory disease, and infectious disease. I
“These findings support dietary recommendations to increase nut consumption to reduce chronic disease risk and mortality.”