Two handfuls of nuts a week can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by almost a quarter, writes the Daily Mail referring to scientists from Harvard University.
Research conducted this study among 200 thousand people, showed that all types of nuts can help prevent the most frequent cause of death.
People who ate almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, pistachios or pecans in food two or more times a week were 23 percent and 15 percent, respectively, less prone to cardiovascular diseases.
eatingthe same amount of peanuts, which is actually not a nut, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease by 15 percent and 13 percent, respectively.
A handful of walnuts or more per week reduced the risk of disease for 21 and 19 per cent respectively.
Nuts have been found to have useful properties because they contain antioxidants, proteins, nutrients, minerals and dietary fiber .This rich content of nutrients can help to cardiovascular diseases and other diseases, including cancer, diabetes, respiratory diseases and dementia.
"Our study confirmed the recommendation to include in the diet of various types of nuts, to reduce the risk of chronic diseases," - said the study's lead author, nutritionist March Guasch Ferret.