Barcelona — Those who eat nuts more than three times a week have a reduced risk of dying from cancer or cardiovascular disease than non-nut eaters, they tend to have a lower BMI, smaller waists and eat a better diet in general, a PREDIMED study found.
PREDIMED studied the diets of 7,000 Spainards ages 55 to 90, comparing a group following a low-fat diet with one eating a diet supplemented with extra virgin olive oil or nuts. PREDIMED claims the research shows there were fewer people with type 2 diabetes or people taking medicine for hypertension in the group of people who ate the most nuts and overall, nut eaters had a 39 percent lower mortality risk, 45 percent lower for walnut-eaters. Those who ate more than three servings of nuts a week reduced their risk of death due to cardiovascular disease by 55 percent and cancer by 40 percent.
Researcher Jordi Salas-Salvadó explains: “How nuts are able to prevent premature mortality is not entirely clear, nor why walnuts can be better for you than other nuts. Walnuts have a particularly high content of alpha-linoleic acid and phytochemicals, especially in their skin, both of which, along with fiber and minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium, may contribute to their healthy effect.”