Loma Linda University has amassed the best statistics yet of the positive effects of eating nuts on blood lipids. By pooling the data from 25 individual nut consumption studies conducted in seven countries with more than 500 subjects, investigators determined the most informative numbers to date on how nuts lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels…
Eating an average of 2.3 ounces of nuts daily (67 g, about 1/3 cup) produced the following healthful reductions: blood total cholesterol was lower by 5.1 percent, LDL (bad) cholesterol by 7.4 percent, the LDL/HDL cholesterol ratio by 8.3 percent, and the total cholesterol/HDL ratio by 5.6 percent. In people with higher than normal blood triglycerides—greater than 150 milligrams per deciliter—nut consumption reduced triglyceride levels by 10.2 percent.
“Results of this study provide yet the best evidence that eating nuts reduces LDL cholesterol and improves the blood lipids profile,” says Joan Sabaté, MD, DrPH, of Loma Linda University, lead researcher on this study and one of the pioneers in nut research. “The findings from this analysis support those from epidemiological studies which have consistently shown that habitual nut consumption reduces the risk of heart disease.
“Thus, a simple change of eating nuts regularly can make a big difference in people’s health,” he concludes.
Reminds me of my favorite line about “How do you catch a squirrel?”
Climb a tree and make a noise like a nut!