Improve Heart Health with Peanuts

While peanuts and other nuts often get bad press due to allergies, new research indicates that eating peanuts could help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and death. Although earlier studies had been conducted, they looked mostly at people who were in higher economic strata and of European descent.

The new study greatly expanded the subjects to include blacks and whites, and those who were of a lower economic status. It involved more than 71,000 Americans, and also more than 134,000 men and women who lived in Shanghai.

Each participant was given a questionnaire to determine information about how much and how often they ate nuts. They also watched to ensure control in more than 24 other possible variables pertaining to health.

Imaging advantage suggests the results showed that between those who ate the fewest nuts and those who ate the most, that there was a 21-percent lower death risk among Americans who consumed the most, and a 17-percent lower death risk among Asians, as per Radiology Business. When looking at the connection between heart disease and eating nuts, the results were similar.

The study also considered the benefit of eating nuts and stroke. It found that there really was no benefit for Americans in eating nuts to reduce the likelihood of stroke, but there was some benefit for Asians.

The senior author for the study was Dr. Xiao-Ou Shu, who is a professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University. The results were published in JAMA Internal Medicine, and Dr. Shu concludes that the evidence is strong that there are real benefits from eating peanuts for heart health.

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