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Nuts are beneficial in preventing Diabetes.

It is a matter of concern, if you have a high fasting blood sugar level that is above 100 and below 125. Even though you may not be a diabetic, fasting blood sugar levels at such a range may put you at a higher risk of heart attacks than people who have a fasting blood sugar level below 100.

As per Dr Beer of France, individuals with a blood sugar level between 100 to 125 may carry a five times greater risk of heart attacks than individuals who have a fasting serum glucose lower than 100. This was revealed at the meeting of the American college of Cardiology in the year 2005. Elevated fasting blood sugar levels may contribute to the risk of heart attacks to a greater extent than high cholesterol.

A large percentage of the American population, as much as 35% are overweight because of eating foods based on pasta, sugary beverages, white flour and other refined carbohydrates.  As a result, this population is at the risk of heart attacks not just because of high cholesterol levels but also because of high levels of fasting blood sugar.

Adding nuts such as walnuts, peanuts and almonds in a dry roasted and unsalted form to salads or as a snack by itself can help immensely in the improvement in the dietary profile of Americans. Nuts contain beneficial monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that not only help to prevent LDL deposits in the arteries, but also to improve the functioning of insulin in pre-diabetic and type 2 diabetic patients.

Nuts are a rich source of vitamins, minerals and trace elements and also are a healthy source of nutrition for people who are looking for a quick snack. The only thing to be careful about nuts is to have them in moderation and in a dry roasted form, as nuts are very high in calories.