Peanuts Can Lower Cholesterol.
I couldn’t help myself. I had to pull out my 3 pound can of peanuts. I felt my cholesterol levels getting too high, so I needed a peanut fix.
Researchers from California and Spain combined the data from 25 nut consumption trials conducted in seven countries among 583 men and women, and concluded that regular peanut consumption improved cholesterol levels and contributed to heart health. (I love those guys!)
People with higher levels of ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol and triglycerides (blood fats) and those consuming poorer quality diets gained the most benefits from regular nut consumption, the researchers said.
Looking at the data in all the studies, the researchers found that those consuming nuts frequently – equivalent of two small handfuls – reduced total cholesterol by 5.1% and LDL cholesterol by 7.4%. Their ratio of LDL to ‘good’ HDL cholesterol also changed by 8.3% in a favourable direction.
Lead investigator for the study published in Archives of Internal Medicine, Dr Joan Sabaté from Loma Linda University, California, said: “Results of this study provide the best evidence yet that eating nuts reduces LDL cholesterol and improves the blood lipids profile. The findings from this analysis support those from epidemiological studies, which have consistently shown that habitual nut consumption reduces the risk of heart disease. A simple change of eating nuts regularly can make a big difference in people’s health.”
The study was published in the 10 May issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, a journal of the American Medical Association.
Source: American Peanut Council