Higher Nut Consumption Linked to Lower Death Rate

Nuts are considered heart-healthy foods. However, most studies showing the nutritional value of nuts used people in higher socioeconomic groups of European descent. A study from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee showed that higher nut consumption was linked to a reduced rate of death from all causes and from cardiovascular disease, in a sample of more than 200,000 people of low socioeconomic status. The results were consistent for blacks, whites and Asians. Peanuts were the most prevalent form of nut consumption. Eating more peanuts might be a cost-effective way of improving cardiovascular health in various socioeconomic groups. (Journal American Medical Association Internal Medicine, published online March 2, 2015)

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