Consumer health: Eating nuts for heart health

nuts
Credit: CC0 Public Domain

Discover how walnuts, almonds and other nuts can help lower your cholesterol when eaten as part of a balanced diet.

Eating nuts as part of a healthy diet may be good for your heart. Nuts contain and other nutrients. And they're a great snack food—inexpensive, easy to store and easy to pack when you're on the go.

One drawback to nuts is that they're high in calories, so it's important to limit portions. But choosing nuts instead of a less healthy snack may just help you stick to a heart-healthy diet.

How might nuts help your heart?

Research has found that people who are at risk of a heart attack can cut their risk by eating a healthy diet that includes nuts.

Research suggests that eating nuts may:

  • Lower your (LDL or "bad") cholesterol and , which play a major role in the buildup of deposits called plaques in your arteries
  • Improve the health of the lining of your arteries
  • Lower levels of inflammation linked to heart disease
  • Reduce the risk of developing , which can lead to a heart attack and death

Explore further

Eating nuts linked with lower risk of fatal heart attack and stroke

©2020 Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

Citation: Consumer health: Eating nuts for heart health (2020, February 14) retrieved 24 February 2020 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-02-consumer-health-nuts-heart.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
4 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments