Eating a handful of nuts twice a week can slash the risk of heart disease

(The Telegraph) —  Eating a handful of nuts a couple of times a week can cut the risk of heart disease by almost a quarter, research has shown.

A study of over 200,000 people found those who ate walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, pistachios, pecans and peanuts two or more times a week were 23 per cent less likely to develop coronary heart disease and 15 per cent less likely cardiovascular disease.

The same amount of peanuts – which strictly speaking are a legume – also reduced the risk of the conditions by 15 and 13 per cent respectively.

Nuts have long been regarded a ‘superfood’ as they are high in antioxidants, proteins, nutrients, minerals and fibre.

Lead author Dr Marta Guasch-Ferre, a nutritionist at Harvard University in Boston, said: “Our findings support recommendations of increasing the intake of a variety of nuts, as part of healthy dietary patterns, to reduce the risk of chronic disease in the general populations.” (…)

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