• Regularly eating a small quantity of nuts can reduce your risk of developing atrial fibrillation, a heart condition that results in an irregular heartbeat. A Swedish study has also found that people who have a small portion of nuts once or twice a week are less likely to have heart failure. Nuts may also be able to help reduce the risk of having a stroke.
• Nose plugs that block your sense of smell may be able to increase weight loss in people who are trying to shed kilos. Israeli researchers decided to look into how blocking smell could affect weight loss when they realised people with colds have a reduced appetite. They developed nose inserts made of silicone and then got a group of obese adults who were on a diet to wear them. Those dieters lost around 60% more weight than another group who didn’t wear inserts.
The researchers put this down to the fact that they couldn’t smell aromas that can trigger hunger.