If you’re looking for superfoods to remain healthy, this is it. Include nuts in your diet plan. Eating five weekly servings of walnuts, peanuts or other kinds of tree nuts was linked to a 14% lower risk of cardiovascular disease, and a 20% lower risk of fatal complications due to hardened arteries, said the report in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Walnuts appeared to be the healthiest option, according to the findings, based on more than 210,000 people who answered regular surveys as part of a nurses’ study that spanned 32 years. “After looking at individual nut consumption, eating walnuts one or more times per week was associated with a 19% lower risk of cardiovascular disease and 21% lower risk of coronary heart disease,” said the report. People who ate peanuts two or more times per week had a 13% lower risk of heart disease than people who ate none. Those who ate tree nuts, such as almonds, cashews, chestnuts and pistachios, had a 15% lower risk of heart disease.
“Our findings support recommendations of increasing the intake of a variety of nuts, as part of healthy dietary patterns, to reduce the risk of chronic disease in the general populations,” said lead author Marta Guasch-Ferre, a research fellow at the department of nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Many past studies have examined the role of eating nuts on people’s health. Researchers said this one stands out due to its size and the way it looked at the association between specific types of nuts and major cardiovascular events.