Nuts and heart health

Key points The body of evidence for the benefits of nuts for heart health has been established by decades of research. Four large prospective cohort studies (the Adventist Health Study [1], the Iowa Women Health Study [2], the Nurses’ Health Study [3], the Physicians’ Health Study [4]) examined the relation between nut consumption and the … Continue reading Nuts and heart health

Nuts – A summary of their health effects

The health benefits of nuts have been established from decades of research. Evidence consistently shows that regular nut consumption is associated with good health. Being nutrient powerhouses packed with essential nutrients and bioactive substances, it’s no wonder that nuts are emerging as one of the most relevant foods for optimal health.

Are salted nuts bad for you?

No, salted nuts are not bad for you as they still contain all the nutrition and health benefits of raw or natural nuts, they just have a higher sodium content. However, whilst the salt in a handful of nuts is pretty small, as a nation, we consume too much salt. Therefore, we recommend unsalted nuts … Continue reading Are salted nuts bad for you?

Can nuts reduce cholesterol?

Yes, nuts can reduce cholesterol. In fact, this is one of the mechanisms that helps to explain how nuts reduce the risk of heart disease. Studies have shown that around two handfuls (approx. 60g) per day can significantly reduce both total and LDL (bad) cholesterol [1, 2]. A large analysis combining the results of 25 … Continue reading Can nuts reduce cholesterol?

Can nuts help me live longer?

Yes, eating nuts every day can help you live longer. A study analysing data from 20 studies around the world, involving more than 800,000 participants concluded that around a handful of nuts each day can reduce the risk of death from respiratory diseases, diabetes, infections, and all-causes, as well as reducing the risk of developing … Continue reading Can nuts help me live longer?

Are nuts anti-inflammatory?

Yes, nuts are anti-inflammatory. Nuts contain many bioactive components that may favourably act on inflammation.  This may partly explain their effects on decreasing the risk of diseases associated with chronic inflammation such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and more recently their positive effects on brain health. What is inflammation? Inflammation is the body’s natural response to … Continue reading Are nuts anti-inflammatory?

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