According to a recent study, which tracked around 2 lakh adults, who regularly consume nuts like walnuts, peanuts, cashews, etc., have less likelihood of developing heart diseases. Study author, Marta Ferre, Fellow at Harvard Chan School of Public, said that increasing intake of nuts could reduce the risk of chronic heart disease.
The study was published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology. The funds for the research came from U.S. National Institutes of Health.
In the research, it was found that those, who ate walnuts once or more times during a week, had the rates of heart disease risk slashed by 20%. On the other hand, those, who consumed peanuts twice or more times a week had around 14% lower risk of developing heart disease.
The study was only observational and does not depict a cause and effect relationship, since people who incorporated nuts in their diet might be in general, followed better lifestyle options.
The study has its own limitations. Only white medical professionals were a part of the study, and there was no knowledge of how the nuts were prepared.
However, there is no denying of the fact that nuts are healthy for the heart. This is because they have a lot of fiber content as well as nutrients and antioxidants. They contain healthy fats that decrease the risk of stroke. Moderate consumption of nuts is therefore healthy and beneficial.