Dr. Dean

Say 'Nuts' To Coronary Artery Disease

Posting Date: 03/23/2000

Adding walnuts to your diet can help protect you against coronary heart disease.

Japanese researchers say a study of 20 men and 20 women reveal that a moderate consumption of walnuts will lower the amount of LDL, or "bad" cholesterol in your blood, according to a report in Nutrition Newsletter.

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Other studies have shown nuts to be beneficial for your heart and this is confirmed by the Japanese research. In this study, groups of men and women were put on a typical Japanese diet for four-weeks, followed by four weeks with walnuts added.

Total cholesterol as well as LDL levels were lowered with the nut diet in both men and women, although the effect was greater in women. One explanation: walnuts are exceptionally high in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats.

If you don?t want to eat a lot of animal protein, you can substitute walnuts for the same energy output while gaining some extra protection for your heart at the same time.

Source: Nutrition Action Newsletter, March 2000