New Delhi: Going nuts in your diet can be good for your health, according to a study, which showed that eating nuts helps to lower blood cholesterol levels. People who ate an average of 67 grams of nuts a day saw a 5.1 per cent fall in total cholesterol concentration and a 7.4 per cent drop in low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) -- sometimes referred to as bad cholesterol -- concentration compared to no-nut eaters, the study showed.
A person`s diet also played a role in the effect nuts have on blood cholesterol levels. Consumers of Western diets, which are high in saturated fat, got more benefits from nut-eating than those who already ate a healthy diet, high in monounsaturated olive oil, fish and fresh fruit and vegetables, the study found. And there`s more good news: the data analysed for the study showed that the benefits of eating nuts remain with us for a long time; that nut consumption appears to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes; and, in spite of their high fat content, nuts don`t necessarily make us fat. "Research has shown that frequent nut consumption does not lead to weight gain," said the study. "Increasing the consumption of nuts as part of an otherwise prudent diet can be expected to favourably affect blood lipid levels... and have the potential to lower coronary heart disease risk.” Bureau Report
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