It has been proven that taking a ration of nuts every day improves cardiovascular health and decreases insulin resistance, which also reduces the chances of developing diabetes.
The nuts are seeds poor in water and rich in fat or in a complex carbohydrate, starch. They are considered one of the most energetic foods, but they are also very nutritious, since they contain heart-healthy fats, proteins, fiber, some carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, in addition to antioxidants and phytosterols (natural sterols of plant origin). Thanks to its nutritional characteristics, it has been recognized that the habitual consumption of these foods provide numerous health benefits, especially to prevent cardiovascular diseases.
The Human Nutrition Unit of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of Reus (Tarragona) has investigated the role of nuts through a study called Efinut, which has had the participation of a group of people who, although they did not have diabetes, they did have metabolic syndrome, a condition that is considered a risk factor for developing diabetes.
The results of the work, published in the journal Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Disease, showed that individuals who, in addition to eating a healthy and low-fat diet, included a handful of nuts in their daily diet (30 grams per person per day), improved several factors associated with the risk of developing cardiovascular disorders and decreased significant insulin resistance.