A new study finds that consuming tree nuts, such as walnuts, may lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. The study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. It found that consuming walnuts lowers total cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and Apo B, the primary protein found in LDL (the bad) cholesterol.
These are key factors that are used to evaluate a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease. Walnuts were investigated in 21 of the 61 trials. More than any other nut reviewed in this study. Researchers said tree nuts contain important nutrients such as unsaturated fats, protein, vitamins and minerals. Walnuts are the only nut that provides a significant amount (2.5 grams per one ounce serving) of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the plant-based form of omega-3s. Additionally, results showed that tree nut consumption may be particularly important for lowering the risk of heart disease in individuals with type 2 diabetes.
Check out more information on walnuts from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.