Regularly Eating Nuts Can Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke

In August 2019, a study that shows how eating raw nuts can lower the risk of deadly heart diseases was presented at a summit of the world’s leading cardiologists. The man behind this research is Dr. Noushin Mohammadifard of Isfahan Cardiovascular Research Institute in Iran, and his work showed that eating two 30-gram portions of raw, fresh, unsalted nuts per week can significantly decrease your chance of dying from a stroke or heart attack.

The study first started in 2001 and it involved 5,432 participants from rural and urban parts of three countries — Isfahan, Arak, and Najafabad. The participants were monitored until 2013 and interviewed every two years. Turns out, those who ate two portions of raw nuts per week were 17% less likely to have a deadly stroke or heart attack.

“Nuts are a good source of unsaturated fat and contain little saturated fat,” Science Daily quoted Dr. Mohammadifard. “They also have protein, minerals, vitamins, fibre, phytosterols, and polyphenols which benefit heart health,” he said.

“European and US studies have related nuts with cardiovascular protection but there is limited evidence from the Eastern Mediterranean Region,” the doctor continued.

If you want to improve your diet by adding nuts, make sure you eat two 30-gram portions of raw almonds, walnuts, pistachios, or hazelnuts every week.