Nuts help cut heart risk by nearly a third

shutterstock_69203440Snacking on peanuts instead of sugary or fatty treats can cut the chances of life-threatening heart problems by around 30%.

New research shows a daily serving of nuts can cut the risk of heart disease by nearly a third. It can also reduce the number of deaths from all health-related causes by about 17%.

The US Chinese scientist’s latest research studies highlighted the substantial health benefits of including nuts in your diet.

Experts at Hua Zhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China and Harvard School of Public Health in Boston told the Daily Mail they merged data from a number of earlier studies.

According to the experts, this type of research technique can produce a stronger result than small-scale studies with limited numbers of people.

“We looked at 18 different studies, covering more than 12 000 cases of Type-2 diabetes, 15 000 cases of heart disease and almost 50 000 deaths,” the experts said.

The results, published online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, showed that for each daily serving of nuts, the risk of heart disease dropped by between 28% and 29% and the danger of death from any cause was 17% lower.

In response to the findings, researchers said: “These findings support recommendations to include nuts as part of a healthy dietary pattern for the prevention of chronic diseases.”

 

By: Siyanda Nkala