Dried fruit is good for the heart of people with type 2 diabetes, in fact experts have found that these foods can reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease by 17% as they improve the control of blood sugar levels and inflammation. Let’s see how many grams of dried fruits per day we should eat.

Dried fruit is good for the heart of people with type 2 diabetes and eating about 140 grams of dried fruit per day reduces the risk of developing heart problems by 17%. This discovery was made by scientists at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, and let’s see how they better explain the details of their discovery.

Dried fruit for the heart. The scientists analyzed 16,217 people and asked them to answer some questionnaires before and after they were diagnosed with diabetes, and they were asked about their consumption of dried fruits in the past years. During the experiment, 3,336 people were diagnosed with cardiovascular diseases, 5,682 died, 1,663 died of cardiovascular disease and 1,297 died of cancer.

How many grams per day. From data collected by scientists, it was found that those who ate dried fruits had a 17% lower risk of developing heart problems. Experts do not know what is the perfect amount of dried fruit that we should consume per day to protect our hearts, but they still recommend about 140 grams per day as follows: 24 almonds, 18 cashews, 12 hazelnuts and 14 walnuts. But scientists claim that it is possible to benefit the same way also by eating just 28 grams of dried fruit per day.

Why dried fruit is good for the heart. There is no definitive answer, but scientists think that it is possible that these foods are able to improve blood sugar levels and inflammations thanks to the nutrients of which they are composed, therefore unsaturated fatty acids, fiber, vitamin E, folic acid and minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium.

Also the peel is important. The expert's advice is to also consume the peel of dried fruit as this part is particularly rich in antioxidants.