According to Spanish researchers, eating a handful of nuts a day for a year, along with a diet rich in fruit, veggies, and fish may help reverse some risk factors for heart disease. According to the article by Carla K. Johnson of the AP, Spanish researchers found that adding nuts worked better than boosting olive oil in typical Mediterranean diet. The regimens reduced heart risks in more people than a low-fat diet did.
Those who improved during the study were told to eat about three whole walnuts, seven or eight whole hazelnuts and seven or eight whole almonds. According to the study, participants of the study did not lose weight on average but rather reduced belly fat and improved cholesterol and blood pressure.
Nuts help people feel full while also increasing the body’s ability to burn fat. They are also rich in antioxidants and high in unsaturated fat- a healthier fat known to lower blood triglycerides and increase good cholesterol.
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