Cardiovascular disease is getting hit from all angles these days. Recent studies have established links between the rise of cardiovascular disease in metabolically healthy people and those who have insomnia, while another study has shown that risk of cardiovascular disease can decrease in people who use “statin” drugs. Now a new study says that those who eat nuts have a better chance of avoiding cardiovascular disease, and even cancer, making it a perfect holiday snack when you are entertaining.
The study was conducted by researchers at Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Woman’s Hospital and is seen to be the largest current exploration between cardiovascular disease and nuts. The study examined more than 76,000 female deaths at random and nearly 42,500 male deaths at random. Participants were questioned about their eating habits, including how many nuts they eat on average and specifically which types of nuts they tend to favor.
The study succinctly announces that those examined who had eaten nuts on a regular basis were much less likely to die due to heart disease. Respiratory disease and cancer were also seen less frequently in nut eaters.
Nut eaters actually proved to have a 20 percent lower fatality rate than those who did not eat nuts. Unfortunately, the study was not able to provide a rough estimate as to what amount of nuts per day or per month would lengthen a person’s life.
Fortunately, there are some guidelines for people looking for answers. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans has reported that healthy living should include five to six ounces of protein per day. Nuts are high in protein so nut eaters should monitor their consumption on this scale and if you plan to have a large turkey this holiday season you might not want to splurge on the nuts before hand.
Previous correlation between nuts and longevity had already been hinted at, but this study is so comprehensive that there now remains little doubt.
The study is important, however, because nuts have suffered from some bad perceptions lately. Dr. Bing Yao, a doctor at Bingham and Woman’s Hospital in Boston said that he believes there is a general perception in America that eating nuts will make you fat.
Of course even the nut industry is looking to sponsor positive press. This study was sponsored by the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research & Education Foundation. This company is comprised of nine different nut sectors, but how much they contributed is unknown. Maureen Ternus, an executive director at the organization, stressed that the corporation did not play any role in the researching of these findings or in its publication.
Role or no role, nut companies received some great news for their products. The study showed that fatality rates from heart disease dropped 29 percent, while there were 11 percent less people who died from cancer. It also appears that nut eaters stay slimmer over the course of their lives.
This new research comes at a great time for those throwing Holiday dinners. We all know that the holiday’s are a stressful time when we must entertain guests in our homes. Now those throwing parties can know that they can offer nuts to their holiday guests and will be doing them a big favor by lowering their risk of cardiovascular disease.
By Nick Manai