Humble walnut may keep health issues at bay, New Study

By Staffs

A DAILY handful of walnuts reduces bad cholesterol in the elderly and protects against heart disease, a new study found.
Scientists have revealed that walnuts can also reduce hunger pangs and  minimize obesity and high blood pressure,  factors that can increase the risk of a heart attack and stroke.
Commenting on the findings, Spanish researcher Dr Emilio Ros said: “Given walnuts are a high-energy food, a prevailing concern has been that their long-term consumption might be associated with weight gain.
“The preliminary results of the study demonstrate that daily consumption of walnuts for one year by a sizeable cohort of older people has no adverse effects on body weight.
“They also show that the well-known cholesterol-lowering effect of walnut diets work equally well in older people and is maintained in the long-term.
“Acquiring the good fats and other nutrients from walnuts while keeping adiposity at bay and reducing blood cholesterol levels are important to overall nutritional well-being of older adults. It’s encouraging to see that eating walnuts may benefit this particular population.”
Researchers from the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona and Loma Linda University presented findings from a two year-clinical trial, in which they tested 707 healthy older adults.
One group ate walnuts as 15 per cent of their daily calorific intake, while the other group ate none.
After 12 months both groups had similar results for weight gain, yet those eating walnuts experienced significant cholesterol reductions…..
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Source: The British Journal