Eating Almonds may reduce risk of cardiovascular disease among Indians: study

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Consuming almonds in the diet may significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease among Indians, who have heart disorders than their European counterparts, the latest review of over 1,500 studies has found. According to the lead author of study, Dr. Soumik Kalita, daily consumption of 45 grams of almonds can help reduce dyslipidemia, one of the most important risk factors for cardiovascular disease in the Indian population.

“Typically, dietary strategies to reduce harmful LDL-cholesterol, such as decreasing saturated fat, also reduce beneficial HDL cholesterol, but that is not the case with almonds.

A recent systematic review that examined the breadth of studies on almonds and blood lipid levels showed that eating almonds results in significant reductions in total cholesterol and harmful LDL-cholesterol and triglyceride levels, while having no impact on beneficial HDL-cholesterol levels,” said Dr Kalita.

Experts claimed that numerous studies worldwide have shown that almonds have the potential to help improve blood cholesterol levels.

Numerous studies worldwide have shown that almonds have the potential to help improve blood cholesterol levels. The health benefits of almonds are thought to be due to their fat profile (predominantly mono- and poly-unsaturated fats ie good fats), antioxidant vitamin E, dietary fibre, and other important nutrients. “To put it into perspective, cholesterol is not all bad. HDL, in fact, has protective properties and reduces the risk of heart disease. A large multi-centre study done in India estimated that nearly 72 per cent of Indians have low HDL-C levels,” Kalita said in the review commissioned by the Almond Board of California.

So Adding whole almonds to the diet is a practical nutritional strategy that can help manage dyslipidemia, and in turn, improve the cardiovascular health of Indians, the review concluded.

A study published last year found that including almonds in the diet may significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases in Indians with type 2 diabetes and improve their general health.

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