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News - Go nuts for heart health

By Holly Taylor BSc(Hons) DipCNM MBANT NTCC

A new review, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, provides further evidence that eating nuts may help lower cholesterol and contribute to heart health.

The research examined data from 25 different studies that looked at the nut consumption of 583 people and its relationship to cholesterol levels. It found that eating an average of 67g of nuts per day reduced total cholesterol by an average of 5%, the bad LDL cholesterol by 7% and improved the ratio of LDL and HDL (high-density lipoprotein, or ‘good’) cholesterol.

This new data ties in with a meta-analysis published by Harvard scientists in 2009 that found that diets rich in walnuts could significantly reduce cholesterol levels. Co-author of the report,

Dr Joan Sabaté, said the new review provided “the best evidence yet that eating nuts reduces LDL cholesterol and improves the blood lipids profile”.  

Article References

Sabaté J et al. (2010) Nut consumption and blood lipid levels: a pooled analysis of 25 intervention trials. Arch Intern Med. 170(9):821-7.

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