Are Nuts Healthy?

Author: John
Time: 2017/3/16 17:26:06

Nuts are also called plant meat, the most beautiful gist given by nature, their nutritional value has been highly recognized. Eating nuts more than two times a week can reduce the risk of fatal heart disease, United States health research project suggested, after investigating and tracking of nuts consumption on more than 20 thousand American men. Experts pointed out that people who eat nuts at least two times a week, comparing with people who consume nothing at all, are 47% less likely to die from a heart attack. 


A recent study, featured in American Chemical Society, indicated that walnuts contain the most valuable nutrients among their siblings. Walnuts have the most antioxidants, which can prevent cellular aging as well as varied diseases, and they can also help improve and strengthen our body immune system. Compared with other nuts, walnuts have a considerable amount of omega-3 fatty acids, which are good to cardiovascular condition and can help alleviate depression. 

Because nuts are rich in fat, they are also calorie-dense. Even a quarter-cup would take a lot of exercise to fully consume. Although calories add up quickly, the fat in nuts is satiating and doesn’t directly impact on body weight. According to some reports, they can even help with the weight loss. Therefore, calories in nuts aren’t that harmful as it seems in the first place. Scientists have found that the fat along with protein is beneficial in keeping the sugar balance in blood. They can help craving of sugar or any other carbohydrate-rich foods. So nuts are distinguished from pork or cake, intake of which should be strictly controlled.

Although nuts have high nutritional value, due to its high oil content, excessive consumption of which could lead to physical damage to people with hyperlipidemia, coronary heart disease, arteriosclerosis and diabetes. In addition, spices have been widely used in the manufacturing process, some ingredients will agitate the central nervous system, which is bad for cardiovascular patients. Furthermore, the use of salt could also increase the chance of sodium retention, which would result in the tension of vascular, the elevation of blood pressure, as well as the burden on heart and kidney. Therefore, elderly people are strongly recommended to have limited consumption. If you want nothing other than nuts, stick to a small handful or quarter-cup portions, and try not to eat them in the evening.

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