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Health Food for the Heart

A number of studies indicate that nuts, which are typically full of nutritious fats and fiber, can actively lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. Due to the food’s abundance of nutrients and antioxidants, nuts have additionally been studied to help assess their ability in fighting the damage to cells that can trigger cancer.

This health food for the heart has been further investigated in terms of helping people avoid diseases like diabetes. In an analysis of 29 studies concerning nuts and health outcomes, with a sample size of over 800,000 people, researchers conclusively found that nuts have dramatic body-wide benefits.

People who regularly consumed nuts cut their mortality rate from respiratory illnesses by almost 50%, while reducing the risk of diabetes by nearly 40%. Those who ate only a handful of any type of nuts each day—including hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans, and peanuts—showed 30% lower rates of heart disease, compared to those who did not eat nuts.

Both men and women experienced benefits from nuts, while the type of nuts that were consumed did not have any implications on the results: all nut-eaters consistently demonstrated lower rates of most major diseases.

These findings support the supposition that nuts are a constructive, positive addition to the diet. This simple trick has far-reaching positive implications for health: Try integrating tree nuts, legumes, or any kind of nut into your nutritional & wellness routine.

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