Studies Find That Nuts Cut Death Rates from Heart Disease, Cancer

February 25, 2014

The benefits of consuming nuts were emphasized late last year in a large study in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Among those who ate nuts less often than once a week, the death rate was 11 percent below those who did not eat nuts. "I'm a big fan of nuts," said Frances Burke, MS, RD, lead nutritionist for the Penn Medicine Preventive Cardiology Program. While they are high in fat and calories, she points out that the difference with nuts is that "saturated fat or animal fat increases the risk of heart disease, while nuts are high in mono- and polyunsaturated fats, fiber, and plant sterols, which prevent absorption of cholesterol." They also provide antioxidants, fiber, and many phytochemicals and micronutrients.

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