Eating nuts can reduce the risk of developing and dying from cardiovascular disease, according to research from the USA.
Peanuts may help the health of your heart
The study, which analysed more than 200,000 people from the USA and China, suggested eating nuts was a low-cost way of improving your heart’s health. Peanuts were recommended because of their cheap price.
The research focused on a group of more than 70,000 people from the USA and another two groups in China amounting to more than 130,000 people. They study found that “nut intake was inversely associated with risk of total mortality in all three cohorts”.
In the group from the USA, the risk of total mortality was reduced by 21% for persons who ate the most peanuts. The figure for the two Chinese groups came to a combined average of 17%.
The study was published online by JAMA Internal Medicine with further analysis and comment from the director of the Los Angeles Country Department of Health Services, Mitchell Katz.
Katz said: “Peanuts are cheap and ubiquitous (and can be ground into delicious peanut butter!). Of course, peanuts are not really nuts (they are legumes since they grow in bushes, unlike tree nuts), but who cares if they help us to live longer at an affordable price."
Professor Peter Weissberg, medical director at the British Heart Foundation, said that the study did not find evidence to suggest that the more nuts you eat the lower your risk of heart problems.
Weissberg said: "This large study found that death rates from heart attacks were lower in people who eat nuts, particularly peanuts, than in those who don't.”
"The results suggest that including a modest amount of nuts as part of a well-balanced diet may be of benefit."
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