From Dr. Mercola:
Raw organic nuts are a great source of healthy fat, vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. And, contrary to popular belief, eating healthy fat will actually help you lose weight. Far more often than not, if you’re struggling with excess weight, it’s because you’re eating too much sugar and non-vegetable fiber carbs.
In fact, a high-fat, moderate protein, and low-carb diet is one of the most effective ways to shed stubborn weight, as it helps shift your body from burning sugar to burning fat as its primary fuel.
This kind of diet also promotes mitochondrial health, which is important for overall health and disease prevention.
Research1 has confirmed that weight loss is one of the health benefits of regular nut consumption. Compared to people who avoid nuts, those who eat nuts on a regular basis also tend to have:
Lower systolic blood pressure Fewer risk factors for metabolic syndrome2 and a lower risk for diabetes Better cardiovascular health Reduced mortality risk Greater longevity Nuts Linked to Life Extension and Reduced Risk of Disease
People who ate a small handful (approximately 1 ounce or 28 grams) of nuts seven times per week or more were 20 percent less likely to die for any reason, compared to those who avoided nuts. Eating nuts at least five times per week was associated with a 29 percent drop in mortality risk from heart disease, and an 11 percent drop in mortality risk from cancer. Even those who ate nuts only occasionally — less than once a week — had a 7 percent reduction in mortality.
More recently, Dutch researchers found that people who ate just 10 grams of nuts each day had a 23 percent lower risk of death from any cause. This study went on for 10 years and included more than 120,000 men and women between the ages of 55 and 69.8,9,10
Moreover, as reported by Parent Herald:11
“[T]he research revealed a decrease in neurodegenerative disease by 43 percent, respiratory disease by 39 percent and diabetes by 30 percent for people who consumed nuts more … [P]eople who eat nuts also suffer fewer deaths due to cancer, heart problems and respiratory diseases …”
Another recent study12 from Tehran, which included data from more than 50,000 people, also found that nut consumption was inversely associated with all-cause mortality. According to the authors:
“Among specific causes, significant inverse associations were observed between nut consumption and deaths due to cardiovascular disease, all cancers and gastrointestinal cancers.
This study provides evidence for an inverse association between nut consumption and mortality in a developing country, where nut consumption does not track with a healthy lifestyle.”
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