One Serving of Walnuts Daily May Reduce the Level of Bad Cholesterol

eating walnutsNew research, published in the journal Circulation, finds that including walnuts in the diet reduces the total cholesterol and lowers levels of LDL cholesterol, which is usually referred to as “bad” cholesterol.

For the study, the researchers recruited 636 participants aged between 63 and 79 years. They all resided in Barcelona, Spain, or Loma Linda, U.S. All the participants were healthy and had no significant health conditions.

The scientists divided the participants into two groups and prescribed to one group to eat half a cup of raw walnuts every day, while the other group was instructed to exclude walnuts from the diet.

At the end of the study, the researchers noticed that those who consumed walnuts reduced their LDL cholesterol levels by an average of 4.3 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl) and their total cholesterol by an average of 8.5 mg/dl.

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