Eating Nuts Daily for Heart Health

Eat some nuts per day and this could be good for your heart.

Researchers have found a strong link between nut intake and the risk of heart disease and heart attacks.

They found that eating a handful of nuts a day (about 30 grams) reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease by 20 to 25 percent. The researchers found that the more nuts you eat, the better, but eating just a few a day is better than none at all.

Are there any wonder nuts that need our special attention? Not so much this one. While almonds, pistachios, and walnuts seem to be the best when it comes to lowering cholesterol, they didn’t find conclusive evidence to recommend certain nuts in particular.

That’s good news for us, because you can pick the nuts that best suit your taste and enjoy their heart-healthy benefits. However, here are some suggestions to consider:

– Peanuts are not nuts

While peanuts are often considered nuts, they are actually legumes. They are also very healthy and offer many of the benefits of nuts. They are not part of the nut family, though.

– Avoid sugar-coated nuts

Nuts dipped in chocolate or covered in sugar may cancel out the health benefits of nuts because of their high sugar content. Therefore, if you want to benefit from nuts, choose raw, roasted and/or unsalted ones over sugar-coated ones.

– Nuts are not a substitute for healing

Nuts appear to be beneficial in lowering blood cholesterol levels, and it’s important to keep cholesterol levels low so that fat doesn’t build up on the walls of your arteries-a process known as atherosclerosis, which is one of the biggest risk factors for heart attacks.

It’s worth noting that this study did not prove that nut consumption improves cholesterol, only that there is a strong link between the two. Therefore, nuts cannot be used as a primary treatment for high cholesterol. However, nuts may help prevent high cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease in the general population.

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