Barcelona -- (ACN Newswire) -- Regular consumption of nuts may reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases up to 30%, according to the INC (International Nut and Dried Fruit Council). These data, taken from a research, PREDIMED ("Primary prevention of cardiovascular disease with Mediterranean diet"), also indicate the reduction in the incidence of diabetes by means of a daily portion of nuts, which is equal to about 30 grams of product.
The INC shows these data coinciding with World Heart Day, since cardiovascular diseases are the main cause of death worldwide. In particular, according to the World Health Organization, in 2008 over 17.3 million deaths were caused worldwide for this reason that, according to this source, will cause about 23.3 million deaths worldwide in 2030.
"Due to its many beneficial properties, nuts are foodstuff that not only provide nutrients, but also improve health significantly and reduce the risk of chronic diseases," claims Jordi Salas-Salvado, president of INC World Forum for Nutrition Research and Dissemination. Also, from INC recommends regular consumption of nuts in order to reduce "bad cholesterol" (LDL) between 7 and 10%.
Properties and benefits
Among its many beneficial properties, several scientific research shows that nuts also reduce the glycemic index (GI), prevent blood clots and provide more fluid blood, improve endothelial function of blood vessels, and have an anti-inflammatory effect.
Some benefits given to multiple components of these products such as Vitamin E, folic acid, magnesium, arginine, plant sterols, phytochemical compounds and low level of saturated fatty acid substances, among others.
About the INC
The International Nut & Dried Fruit Council (INC) is based in Reus (Tarragona) and brings together nearly 700 professionals of nuts more than 70 countries, representing a large percentage of the world's industry sector. The INC is the international reference for nuts and dried fruits for health, nutrition, food safety, trends, industry statistics, research and government regulations in order to ensure international standards of trade.
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Source: INC - International Nut & Dried Fruit Council via Globenewswire