December 13, 2017
A Reason to Love Peanuts
Wellness Tip

A Reason to Love Peanuts

by Berkeley Wellness  

Peanuts may help prevent heart attacks and deaths from cardiovascular disease, according to research in JAMA Internal Medicine. Many studies have linked nuts to health and longevity, but this is the best evidence yet about peanuts (which actually are legumes, not tree nuts).

The study looked at nut consumption among large groups of people in the Southern U.S. and in China, ages 40 to 79. The nuts eaten by the Chi­nese were almost exclusively peanuts, as were about half the nuts eaten by the Americans; peanut butter was also included.

Participants who ate the most nuts and peanuts (averaging ⅔ ounce a day) were about 20 percent less likely to die during the five-year study than those who ate the least, with the greatest reduction seen in deaths from cardiovascular disease. "Consump­tion of nuts, particularly peanuts given their general affordability, may be considered a cost-effective measure to improve cardiovascular health," the study concluded. Opt for unsalted nuts.

See also: How to Buy Nuts and Nut Butters