Nuts can reduce risk of cancer, heart disease
Want to cut your risk of developing cancer or heart disease? You may want to start eating more nuts. According to research from the Universitat Rovira I Virgili in Spain, consuming more than three servings of nuts per week can help reduce your risk of dying of cardiovascular disease and cancer by 55 and 40 percent, respectively. Those who ate walnuts, in particular, lowered mortality risk by 45 percent, the lowest factor measured in this study.
In this study, the researchers analyzed nutritional data of more than 7,000 Spaniards, aged 55 to 90 years old. They studied the effects of a Mediterranean diet on cardiovascular disease prevention, compared to a low-fat diet.. The results found that those who eat 28g of nuts a week significantly reduced their risk of death from heart disease or cancer. Overall, those on the Mediterranean diet reduced mortality risk by 39 percent compared to those on the low fat diet.
The researchers admit that the reason for these results was not entirely clear, nor could they explain why walnuts were better for you than other nuts. However, they speculated that the high content of alpha-linoleic acid and phytochemicals, as well as high fiber, calcium, magnesium and potassium content contribute to their healthy effect.