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Cardiologist Recommends This Heart-Healthy Food To Prevent Heart Disease – Times Now

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Cardiologist Recommends Nuts To Prevent Heart Disease

Cardiovascular diseases are one of the leading causes of death across the globe. Every year millions of lives are lost due to this disease. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), almost 17.9 million lives each year are lost due to cardiovascular diseases. Therefore, it is extremely important to take the necessary precautions that help prevent these diseases.

But first, what is cardiovascular disease?

The National Health Service (NHS) defines cardiovascular disease as “Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a general term for conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels. It’s usually associated with a build-up of fatty deposits inside the arteries (atherosclerosis) and an increased risk of blood clots. It can also be associated with damage to arteries in organs such as the brain, heart, kidneys and eyes.”

Cardiovascular diseases include coronary heart disease, which accounts for the most deaths, heart failure and strokes among others. While your genetics do play a role in your heart health, however, your lifestyle holds an important position. Your physical activity, diet, sleep, and whether or not you smoke or drink alcohol, all of these have a major impact on your heart.

Since your diet is extremely important in the prevention of heart disease, Cardiologist Nicole Harkin shared her “top heart-healthy food” to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Speaking on TikTok, she said that eating nuts could help reduce heart-related issues, as they are a “good source” of healthy fats, plant protein, polyphenols and fibre.

Commenting under her video she said, “Nuts are a nutrient-dense, heart-healthy food that are associated with reductions in risk of heart disease in several major trials.

“They are a good source of heart healthy fats (predominantly monounsaturated fats), fibre, plant protein, and polyphenols.”

According to a report on Express.co.uk, Nicole says that trials have shown that nuts can decrease cholesterol, inflammation and insulin resistance, all factors that can affect the heart.

She referenced a specific study in which participants ate a handful of mixed nuts every day alongside a healthy diet. “A large randomised trial found that when 30 grams (about one handful) per day of mixed nuts was added to a Mediterranean diet, risk of cardiovascular disease was lowered by 30 percent,” Nicole said.

As part of the study, 7,447 participants who were at high cardiovascular risk were fed one of three diets. These diets were a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil, a Mediterranean diet supplemented with mixed nuts, or a reduced-fat diet.

Participants were followed up around five years later. It was concluded that there was a lower incidence of major cardiovascular events among those on the first two diets including the one with added mixed nuts.

Nicole added that almonds and walnuts may offer the best protection for the heart. She said, “While the evidence is quite strong for almonds and walnuts, some studies have found benefits regardless of the type of nut.

“Other than those already mentioned, we also love cashews and pistachios in our home. Obviously avoid if nut allergies are an issue.”

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