At the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) congress in September 2019, cardiovascular health experts unveiled their findings. A study presented as part of the event shows that regular consumption of nuts lowers the risk of fatal stroke and heart attack.
Nuts are good for you
Researchers have emphasized the importance of consuming nuts in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. According to the words of Dr. Noushin Mohammadifard of the Cardiovascular Research Institute of Isfahan, Iran, reported by EurekAlert!, “Walnuts are a good source of unsaturated fat and contain little saturated fat. They contain proteins, minerals, vitamins, phytosterols and polyphenols which are beneficial for heart health. “
The researcher also recalls that European and American studies have revealed a close link between the consumption of nuts and the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. However, this study carried out over a period of 12 years reinforced this idea.
Risk reduced by 17%
The study, which began in 2001 and ended in 2013, aimed to examine the health of 5,432 Iranians aged 35 and over. Participants were randomly selected from urban and rural areas of Isfahan, Arak and Najafabad counties and had no history of cardiovascular disease.
At the start of the study, participants were given a questionnaire that determined their consumption of nuts, including almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts and seeds. The researchers interviewed participants or their family members every two years until 2013, to find out if there had been any cases of cardiovascular disease or deaths.
At the end of 12 years, the researchers’ information included 751 cardiovascular events (including 594 coronary heart disease and 157 strokes), 179 cardiovascular deaths and 458 deaths from various causes.
We can thus include nuts in our daily diet
By cross-checking these results and research, the scientists found that participants consuming nuts at least twice a week were 17% less likely to have a cardiovascular problem than participants consuming them only once a week. . This percentage remains consistent even after integrating other factors such as age, sex, education, smoking or physical activity.
EurekAlert! reports that the European Society of Cardiology (CES) estimates that consuming 30 grams of unsalted nuts daily contributes to a healthy diet. Nevertheless, Dr Mohammadifard points out that “raw fresh nuts are the healthiest. Nuts should be fresh as unsaturated fats can oxidize, making them harmful. You can tell if nuts are rancid by their paint-like smell and bitter or sour taste. “