Health study may be nuts

In a new study of data on more than 210 thousand Americans for up to 32 years, researchers have found that incorporating a variety of nuts into your diet could have big benefits.

Even when accounting for individual factors such as diet, smoking, exercise and illnesses such as diabetes, researchers from Harvard found a long-term reduction in risk of developing cardiovascular disease in individuals who regularly consumed nuts.

Eating one ounce of nuts five times per week was associated with a 20 per cent decrease in coronary artery disease, and a 14 per cent decrease in cardiovascular disease overall.

Eating an ounce of peanuts two or more times per week was associated with a 15 per cent decrease in developing coronary artery disease, and the same amount of tree nuts was associated with a 23 per cent decrease in coronary artery disease risk.

The research is in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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