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Peanuts proven to lower risk of heart disease

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A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has highlighted the benefits of regularly eating peanuts and tree nuts. The study looked at 169,000 women and 41,000 men over more than 20years. Results found that those who ate peanuts two or more times a week presented a 15 per cent lower risk of Coronary Heart Disease than those who never, or rarely, ate peanuts.

The study found that the consumption of peanuts and tree nuts, two or more times a week and walnuts once or more a week, was associated a 13 to 19 percent lower risk of total cardiovascular disease and a 15 to 23 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease.

It also found a lowered risk of strokes by 10 per cent compared to those who never or rarely consumed peanuts.

“Nuts have a unique nutritional composition, high in unsaturated fats, fibre and minerals,” said the lead author, Dr. Marta Guasch-Ferré. The study found that those who ate peanuts and other nuts more than twice a week, for example, five times per week had 14 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease and a 20 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease.

Dr. Darlene Cowart, Chairman of the Board of The Peanut Institute, said: “With the focus on a more plant based diet, we know peanut consumption is growing because it’s an affordable and sustainable source of protein. We’re also very pleased to spread the news about the health benefits of peanuts.

We’ve seen data that nut consumption could help with weight loss, with diabetes, now with this huge multi-year study we see that peanuts could help many people prevent heart disease and live a long and healthier life, and we’re happy to share the good news.”

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