In Nutty News Today We Learn That Nuts Are Heart Healthy...
Good news for people who love nuts; they're actually good for your heart - not just walnuts and almonds, but almost any type of nut can lower your risk for coronary heart disease.
Joan Sabate and his colleagues at Loma Linda University (CA) conducted a meta-analysis of 25 international studies in which a total of 583 men and women with normal lipid levels and blood pressure participated. Across the studies, daily nut consumption ranged from approximately 8 ounces to 4.8 ounces per day and included various kinds of nuts like walnuts, pecans, pistachios, macadamias, and almonds.
The effects of the average nut consumption, about 2.5 ounces, reduced total cholesterol levels by 10.9 percent and LDL (bad cholesterol) by 10.2 percent. Additionally, eating 2.5 ounces of nuts reduced the ratios of total cholesterol to HDL cholesterol and LDL to HDL cholesterol. The effects were consistent among men and women as well as among different age groups.
According to the investigators, the results were more pronounced in those who had higher baseline LDL cholesterol levels and in those with lower body mass index (BMI). Their findings support earlier epidemiological studies showing that nut consumption lowers heart disease risk.
The complete study will be published in the May 11, 2010 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.
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Note: Sabaté and Dr Emilio
Ros (Instituto de Salud Carlos III,
Barcelona, Spain) have received research funding
from the California Walnut Commission, the Almond Board of
California, the National Peanut Board, and the International Tree
Nut Council; they are also unpaid members of the scientific advisory council of
the California Walnut Commission.
Sabaté has received an honorarium from the Pistachio
Scientific Advisory Board.