The next time you come across a walnut hawker, buy a couple of wraps or more and eat. And whenver you are offerred some groundnuts, whether boiled or roasted, make sure you take some and eat.
Certified nutritionists and dieticians agree that these nuts are crucial for a healthy diet, especially for people over 50. “Nuts are the whole health package with proven disease-prevention benefits,” a nutritionist confirmed to Health & Living.
“A nut-rich diet can boost longevity in many ways. They lead to weight loss, better sleep, improved, memory, a stronger immune system, and healthier, younger-looking skin. All of these contribute to a longer life, as do their benefits of reduced risk of cancer and heart disease.”
The fountain of youth may not be full of water, but walnuts which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, that significantly boost memory and recall. Walnuts reduce inflammation and promote more relaxed, dilated blood vessels, which can turn back the time on heart disease.
“Walnuts make endothelium dysfunction (a condition of the inner arterial layer that instigates heart disease progression) more functional. They also lower your cholesterol and make blood less likely to clot.”
Groundnuts are an all-time favourite of health buffs. Forget all thos tales about groundnut causing pimples or acne, truth is that groundnut is one of the most potent anti-aging foods you can get. It contains resveratrol (also found in red wine and dark chocolate), which is a potent antioxidant known to help slow aging and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Dry-roasted and unsalted groundnuts are an absolute health delight.
Nutritionists recommend groundnuts because of the high amounts of folic acid, niacin, protein, manganese and vitamin E for improved brain health.
The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a study that showed people who ate a handful of mixed nuts on a daily basis were 20 percent less likely to die from heart diseases, cancer or other ailments.
The study showed that as little as a handful of walnuts and groundnuts or most other nuts per day could be the difference between living to 80 and living to 90.
Indeed, to add years to your life, nutritionists say you should eat nuts, so if you have not begun to benefit from the natural goodness of these nutrient-rich nuts, now is the time to join the train.