Nuts are rich in monounsaturated fats (MUFA) and polyunsaturated fats (PUFA) '” the ''good fats''. Current Indian diets are high on carbohydrates - derived largely from polished rice and refined wheat - which account for 64% of total energy intake, and low on MUFAs, which provide just 7-8% of the total energy. Diabetics usually avoid nuts thinking that it will increase their blood cholesterol levels. A recent study done in South India finds that cashew nuts, a commonly used nut in the Indian cuisine reduces blood pressure levels and increases HDL levels.
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