UK experts have conducted a meta analysis of 25 previous studies involving almost 600 people. They concluded that that eating an average of 67g of nuts a day reduced cholesterol levels by 7.4%.
Experts are not yet sure as to why nuts have this effect although it is thought that it could be related to the plant sterols they contain which have been said to interfere with cholesterol absorption.
Much research has shown that nuts carry fantastic health benefits when eaten as part of a healthy diet, but experts have warned against eating nuts which are covered in salt and sugar.
Joan Sabate was lead researcher on the project and has recommended that people only increase but consumption when part of a healthy diet and Ellen Mason, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, agreed.
“Apart from salted peanuts at the pub, nuts in sugary cereals or the traditional Christmas selection, nuts have been largely lacking in our diets in the UK,” she added.
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