Nuts have long been regarded as a rich source of healthy fat as well as a delicious health food to snack on. However, daily consumption of nuts has been linked to other advantages as well and recent studies have shown exciting results for fanciers of nuts. It's been tested and verified that people who consume nuts daily lead healthier lives and have an increased life span.
Nuts, rich in food content like vitamins, fiber, fatty acids, minerals, and antioxidants, are termed a health food. Nut consumption is usually prescribed to curb hunger pangs in people trying to lose weight. Nuts might not help in treating diseases but reduced risk of contracting diseases can be credited to the daily consumption of nuts.
Thanks to their fiber content, even a handful of nuts provides satiation. It helps improve metabolism and provides some very essential micronutrients, healthy fats, and proteins. Studies done over a 30-year period have concluded that regular nut consumers have reduced risk of dying when compared to people lacking nut consumption. Thus, daily consumption of nuts has a positive effect on the human life span. Studies have also been conducted for not-so-regular nut consumers and it was noticed that irregular consumption still has more benefits than total nonconsumption.
The American Heart Association recommends around a one- to one-and-a-half-handful serving per day. It also recommends that this healthy snack should be consumed in its natural edible form, unsalted and without addition of oil.
In the above discussion, nuts being discussed include peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts, and walnuts. Nuts like cashews are known to have higher fat content and placed at the bottom of the recommended list.
Regular nut consumption over years reduces risk of the following lifestyle- and life-span-affecting diseases:
• Cancer: This dreaded disease takes many lives annually. But studies have revealed that persons with a daily habit of nut consumption are less likely to develop cancer, especially colon cancer.
• Heart diseases: All types of tree nuts are a recommended health food as they are proven to improve the functioning of blood vessels, thus a daily habit of nut consumption can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disorders.
• Diabetes: Nut consumption on a daily basis helps control blood sugar levels, which reduces the risk of contracting type-2 diabetes.
• Weight management: Dieticians often include a handful of this health food in the daily weight-management routine as the high antioxidant and protein content of nuts is said to help reduce weight and also benefits the skin (anti-aging properties).
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With numerous benefits, nuts are an acknowledged health food. Making nut consumption a daily habit can reduce the risk of dying early and bestow a long and healthy life span.
A balanced diet is a health booster and, combined with a daily habit of nut consumption, promises longevity and health.
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