The case for nuts doesn’t end with fatty acids, which have been shown to help lower cholesterol levels among many other benefits. Nuts have also been shown to help provide an edge against stroke and type 2 diabetes, curb appetite, and encourage weight loss, as studies indicate that calories from nuts don’t always correlate with the expected amount of weight gain. Nuts also give vegetarians a guiltless protein source that rivals any meat, and they mix well any number of diverse dishes. However you spread it, nuts should be a part of a healthy diet plan. Here, in no particular order:
Figs : The next time you experience hard stools, try this miracle mixture. Add 2 – 3 dried figs (anjeer) to a glass of milk, boil it for 10 minutes and drink. It contains fibres that add bulk to your stools, relieving constipation, reveals Dr H K Bakru in his book Natural Home Remedies for Common Ailments.
Pistachios : According to a study conducted by Journal of the American Heart Association, pistachios (pista) lower your risk of heart disease in diabetics. So munch a handful of nuts to prevent heart problems and also reap its nutrients like good fats, fibre, potassium and antioxidants.
Dates: You might know that dates (khajur) are a storehouse of iron that helps prevent anaemia. But eating 100 mg of dates provides you around 656 mg of potassium, which in turn lowers your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Raisins: If weight loss is your goal, then replace your evening snacks with raisins (kishmish). Because, these dry fruits promote satiety by regulating the hormones that cause hunger and thus, help in cutting down your caloric intake.
Cashew nuts : Cashew nuts (kaju) lower your risk of getting gallstones by 25%? The study by Nurses’ Health Study revealed that eating about 28 nuts in a week might help you. Never thought preventing gallstones would be this easy.
Walnuts : Walnuts also contain phytonutrients and antioxidants that are known to be helpful in reducing inflammation levels and warding off type 2 diabetes. Another interesting walnut factoid: They’re a rich source of melatonin, which encourages a healthy sleep cycle.