According to a new study, nuts might actually be part of the solution — because eating a variety of nuts could make it less likely you’ll wind up with heart disease.
In the study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, researchers gathered info on the medical history and eating habits of over 210,000 people and then followed them for more than two decades.
By the end of the study, it turned out that those who ate the equivalent of a handful of nuts five times a week were 17 per cent less likely to develop cardiovascular disease and 20 per cent less likely to develop coronary artery disease than those who rarely, if ever, ate nuts.
And the nut-eaters really mixed it up, snacking on an assortment of walnuts, peanuts, and tree nuts like almonds.
Variety was key — but each of these nuts held its own against heart disease, too.
In terms of reducing cardiovascular disease, walnuts came out on top — cutting the risk by 19 per cent — compared to peanuts (13 per cent) and almonds (15 per cent). These “brain-shaped” nuts are loaded with heart-healthy fatty acids and disease-fighting antioxidants like folate and vitamin E.
And in the case of coronary artery disease, almonds were the winner — lowering the risk by 23 per cent — compared to walnuts (21 per cent) and peanuts (15 per cent). That may be because almonds have been shown to boost your “good” cholesterol levels… which makes your “bad” cholesterol levels plummet.
Still, there are no losers here, since all of these nuts had clear cardiovascular benefits… so feel free to go a little “nutty” with your selection!
And whichever variety you choose, you really can’t go wrong — because nuts are rich in not only fibre but also magnesium, which lowers blood pressure.
Plus, the benefits don’t stop there. Studies have also shown that nuts can slash your risk of diabetes… maintain healthy levels of beneficial bacteria in your gut… and cut your risk of both cancer and premature death.
So, give yourself — and your heart — the gift of nuts this New Year.
Eating nuts in their raw state is one of the healthiest ways to enjoy them. Dry-roasted is good, too. Just make sure they’re not drenched in salt, glazed with sugar, or coated in chocolate.
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Eating Regular Variety of Nuts Associated With Lower Risk of Heart Disease, published online, acc.org/about-acc/press-releases/2017/11/13/14/08/eating-regular-variety-of-nuts-associated-with-lower-risk-of-heart-disease