Eating nuts with food once a day can protect against heart disease and stroke:
An international research team claims that ‘lipids’ and certain types of fats’ triglycerides’ increase in the blood after eating. As a result, the arteries become inflexible. Which can cause heart disease?
Studies have shown that healthy men who eat about three ounces of nuts on a high-fat diet have lower blood lipid levels and lower triglyceride levels by about 32 percent.
Penny Chris-Etherton, a professor at Pennsylvania State University in the United States, said: “Our arteries usually get a little stiff after eating. However, if nuts are eaten with food, it helps to prevent hardening of the arteries.”
When this stiffness occurs in the lining cells around the artery, the elasticity of the artery decreases; the reason is that the supply of nitric oxide to the cells decreases, which helps maintain the flexibility of the arteries.
“Triglycerides increase after eating,” added Chris-Etherton in a study published in the Journal of Nutrition. Which usually reduces the flexibility of the arteries. Almonds, however, inhibit the growth of these triglycerides.”
As the day goes on, the flow of blood through the arteries becomes less and less due to the hardening of the arteries. As a result, the heart becomes more stressed, which in turn leads to more severe heart disease.
In the words of Chris-Etherton, “Overheating of the heart over a long period leads to cardiac arrest.”