A new study, conducted by scientists from the University of Minnesota, U.S., suggests that people who eat walnuts have a lower heart disease risk than those who do not eat walnuts. Moreover, eating walnuts is associated with an overall healthier diet and weight.
For the current study, the researchers examined data for participants that included 352 walnut eaters, 2,494 eaters of other nuts, and 177 non-nut eaters from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study, which began during 1985-1986 with a group of over 5,000 Caucasian and Black men and women.
Lead author of the study Lyn Steffen, PhD, MPH, says: “They are easy to add to your daily diet, or you can have a larger serving several times a week. The goal is not so much a specific number, but to start including these and other nutrient-dense foods into your diet daily to confer maximum benefits.”