Eating a handful of nuts twice a week cuts your risk of heart disease by 25%, Harvard study shows

  • Eating a handful of nuts twice a week can slash the risk of heart disease by almost a quarter, say scientists.
  • Those who ate any of these tree nuts two or more times a week were 23 and 15 percent less likely to develop coronary heart disease or cardiovascular disease, respectively.
  • Eating walnuts one or more times per week reduced coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease risk by 21 and 19 percent, respectively.
  • Her large-scale analysis showed a consistent link between the quantities of nuts consumed and cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease.
  • Those who ate five or more servings of nuts a week had a 14 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease and a 20 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease.

A study by Harvard University of more 200,000 people – many of whom were followed for more than three decades – found all types of nuts helped prevent the world’s biggest killer.

Eating a handful of nuts twice a week can slash the risk of heart disease by almost a quarter, say scientists.

A study of more than 200,000 people – many of whom were followed for more than three decades – found all types of nuts helped prevent the world’s biggest killer.

Strikingly, the Harvard University researchers said they also found no evidence that nuts fueled weight gain, despite their high calorie content and previous reports to the contrary.

Regular snacking on walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, pistachios, pecans and peanuts achieved dramatic results compared to those who rarely or never ate them.

Those who ate any of these tree nuts two or more times a week were 23 and 15 percent less likely to develop coronary heart disease or cardiovascular disease, respectively.

The same amount of peanuts – which strictly speaking are a legume – also reduced the risk of the conditions by 15 and 13 percent, respectively.

Eating walnuts one or more times per week reduced coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease risk by 21 and 19 percent, respectively.

Nuts have long been regarded a ‘superfood’ as they are high in antioxidants, proteins, nutrients, minerals and fiber.

The latest study is the biggest and longest running of its kind.

Eating a handful of nuts twice a week cuts your risk of heart disease by 25%, Harvard study shows