London: Eating at least 20 gram of nuts a day – equivalent to a handful – can reduce the risk of a wide range of diseases including heart disease and cancer, new research has found.
Handful of nuts daily can cut people’s risk of coronary heart disease by nearly 30 per cent, their risk of cancer by 15 per cent, and their risk of premature death by 22 per cent, the study said.
The study included all kinds of tree nuts, such as hazel nuts and walnuts, and also peanuts — which are actually legumes.
The results – published in the journal BMC Medicine – were in general similar whether total nut intake, tree nuts or peanuts were analysed.
What makes nuts so potentially beneficial is their nutritional value, said study co-author Dagfinn Aune from Imperial College London.
“Nuts and peanuts are high in fibre, magnesium, and polyunsaturated fats — nutrients that are beneficial for cutting cardiovascular disease risk and which can reduce cholesterol levels,” Aune said.