Eating nuts and peanuts could help reduce your risk of dying prematurely from cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a new study.
Researchers from the US studied the eating habits of over 200,000 people from three different study groups in the US and China, to see how their consumption of nuts and peanuts impacted their health.
The findings showed that participants who ate nuts and peanuts were less likely to die from cardiovascular disease, particularly coronary heart disease.
The researchers analysed data involving more than 70,000 low-income black and white men and women living in the south eastern United States and 134,000 Chinese men and women living in Shanghai, China.
Professor Peter Weissberg, our Medical Director, said: “This large study found that death rates from heart attacks were lower in people who eat nuts, particularly peanuts, than in those who don’t.
“However, the data do not show that the more peanuts you eat the lower the risk of a fatal heart attack, so people should not start eating large quantities of nuts, particularly salted nuts, in the hope that it will protect them from heart disease.
“The results suggest that including a modest amount of nuts as part of a well-balanced diet may be of benefit.”