A new study led by a team from the Department of Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has revealed findings that correlate nut consumption with lowered risk of acquiring cardiovascular diseases such as myocardial infarction, stroke, or fatal cardiovascular disease.
For instance, eating walnuts twice or thrice a week can decrease cardiovascular risks by 19 percent and coronary heart disease risk by 21 percent.
In general, consumption of peanuts at least twice a week can cut the risk of cardiovascular disease by 13 percent, and coronary heart disease risk by 13 percent as well.
Tree nuts (almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, filberts/hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios, pine nuts, shea nuts), on the other hand, if consumed twice a week can lower cardiovascular risk by 15 percent.
Regular intake of nuts and tree nuts all in all can lower the risk of coronary heart disease risk and tree nuts by 15 percent and 23 percent respectively.
“Five or more servings of nuts per week correlated with a 14 percent decrease in cardiovascular risk and a 20 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease,” the report stated.
These findings were tested by Guasch-Ferre’s team in more than 210,000 people in period of 32 years with medical lifestyle and history collected every two years using questionnaires while food-frequency questionnaires were provided for nut consumption every four years.
Nuts are famous for other benefits such as lowering risk of diabetes and increasing brain energy.