Oilseeds help fight metabolic syndrome
It is already proven that eating oilseeds is good for the heart, but a new study links this food with improvements in the metabolic syndrome - a set of risk factors that includes arterial hypertension, abdominal obesity, high cholesterol levels and insulin resistance, which increase the risk for diabetes and heart disease. To reach the conclusion, researchers from the University of Barcelona, together with Rovira i Virgili University, both in Spain, selected 42 people with metabolic syndrome. During the experiment, 22 of them ate a diet rich in oilseeds for 12 weeks and the remaining 20 prevented this group of foods.
The scientists analyzed the substances excreted in the patients' urine and found evidence of several healthy changes. One of the surprises was that the consumption of oilseeds - such as nuts, almonds and hazelnuts - improved the serotonin levels of patients with the metabolic syndrome. Serotonin is a substance related to the feeling of hunger - the more serotonin, the less desire to eat. This neurotransmitter also makes people feel happier and improves heart health. Another beneficial effect of oilseed intake was that they reduced levels of substances associated with inflammation and other risk factors for cardiovascular problems in patients with the metabolic syndrome.
Include oilseeds on their menu
See the qualities of each of the oil seeds:
Brazil nuts: rich in omega 3, magnesium and selenium, powerful antioxidants. Helps to balance cholesterol levels, prevents diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, heart disease and improves cardiovascular function. Daily consumption: from 2 to 3 units.
Cashew nuts: source of zinc, proteins, vitamin E and unsaturated fats. It boosts the production of white blood cells, lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) and maintains good cholesterol levels (HDL). Daily consumption: 3 units.
Hazelnuts: it has a high concentration of monounsaturated fat, which helps to eliminate heart disease. It is also an excellent source of calcium, effective in preventing osteoporosis. Daily consumption: Up to 10 units
Almonds: have high concentration of potassium, fiber, calcium, vitamin E and monounsaturated fat. It is also a potent source of protein. It has few calories compared to other oilseeds. Daily consumption: 10 to 12 units.
Nuts: Vitamin E is one of the biggest highlights. It is also rich in zinc, magnesium, B vitamins and potassium. It prevents against various types of cancer, controls blood pressure and decreases the desire to eat sweet. Daily consumption: Up to 5 units.
Few foods have been so attacked in recent years the red meat. More famous for being a source of fats and cholesterol than for the benefits it brings to the body, it has been taken off the menu of many people looking to lose weight and have a healthier diet. But according to many experts, cutting off this food from the diet without first looking for a nutritionist is a mistake.
Losing weight, have a good digestion, a healthy and beautiful body is possible without giving up a plethora of delights. Instead of limiting your options, learn to harmonize what will go into the dish. A bland meal with unattractive foods is capable of sabotaging any weight loss project, as well as being unhealthy.
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