If You Want A Healthy Heart, Go Nuts!

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By Cooking Panda

Aw, nuts.

Did you know that, according to a recent study conducted by Imperial College London, consuming a handful or so of delicious, snackable nuts could actually cut your risk of heart disease, cancer and early death by a significant margin?

Pass the almonds, please — stat!

If you can manage to snack on some nuts throughout the day, you could actually significantly cut the risk of heart disease by 30 percent, cancer by 15 percent and premature death by 22 percent, which sounds great to us. And that’s not to mention the 40 percent drop in the risk of contracting diabetes, and a staggering 50 percent drop of dying from a respiratory disease.

Nuts, ya’ll! Go nuts!

“Nuts and peanuts are high in [fiber], magnesium, and polyunsaturated fats — nutrients that are beneficial for cutting cardiovascular disease risk and which can reduce cholesterol levels,” Dagfinn Aune, study co-author from Imperial College London, told the Telegraph.

“Some nuts, particularly walnuts and pecan nuts are also high in antioxidants, which can fight oxidative stress and possibly reduce cancer risk.”

Those tested in the study ate hazelnuts, cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, peanuts, almonds and walnuts, and all of the above protected against heart disease, as well as reducing the aforementioned risks.

So, next time you pass over the peanuts at the bar, think again: peanuts were found to help reduce the risk of having a stroke, while cancer risk went down for those consuming tree nuts.

Make sure to exercise portion control, however, because if you overconsume, you’ll probably end up with a tummy ache, but no additional benefits. Twenty grams (0.7 ounce) of nuts daily was determined to be the correct amount to consume to help slash the risk of disease, according to the study’s findings, which appeared in the journal BMC Medicine and drew data from 29 different studies that ultimately polled more than 800,000 participants.

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May we suggest helping yourself to a few extra servings of pecan pie during the holiday season? Or perhaps a few more chestnuts roasted on an open fire?

Sources: Telegraph / Photo Credit: De Notenlaer/Instagram

Tags: almonds, Heart Health, Nuts, Peanuts, tree nuts
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