Eating Nuts Reduces Risk of Fatal Heart Disease, According to This Research

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Recent research done by Dr. Noushin Mohammadifard of Isfahan Cardiovascular Research Institute in Iran showed that eating unsalted nuts — walnuts, pistachios, and almonds — reduces the risk of fatal heart attacks and strokes.

The research found that people who eat nuts twice per week are 17% less likely to die from such cardiovascular diseases.

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Homemade sweet + salty trail mix 🤩⁣ ⁣ You guys wanted some snack recipes, and I’m bringing a few to you this week 🙂 Would I be #thewellnutt if the first one didn’t have lots of NUTS?! 🥜 I will say I’ve lessened my snacking quite a bit over the past year. I prefer to eat meals that keep me full until the next one if possible ☝️ BUT, there are many days when the bridge between lunch and dinner is long, and I need something to hold me over!⁣ ⁣ If I’m not prepared, that’s when I start checking out whatever food leftovers/candy we have hanging in the office which is not ideal 🤦🏼‍♀️Making it a goal to be better prepped with healthier options so I can avoid that! You can modify this to make it your own – whatever nuts/seeds you like, but nuts are a perf snack option because they have both protein and fat to keep you full until your next meal. ⁣ ⁣ KEY TIP: buy raw nuts at Trader Joe’s or in the bulk section at Whole Foods. Much more cost efficient than some other options 🙌🏼⁣ ⁣ Here’s how ya do it:⁣ 1 cup raw almonds⁣ ½ cup raw cashews⁣ ½ cup raw pistachios⁣ ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes⁣ ¼ cup raisins⁣ 2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)⁣ 2 tbsp maple syrup⁣ 1 tsp salt (can do to taste)⁣ Sprinkle of garlic powder⁣ ⁣ Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients together, spread out on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast for 15 min stirring halfway through. It’s delish right out of the oven but to store leftovers for the week, just keep in a container.

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According to Dr. Mohammadifard, “nuts are a good source of unsaturated fat and contain little saturated fat. They also have protein, minerals, vitamins, fibre, phytosterols, and polyphenols which benefit heart health.” 

“European and US studies have related nuts with cardiovascular protection but there is limited evidence from the Eastern Mediterranean Region,” the doctor told Science Daily.

The study involved 5,432 adult participants aged 35 and older who had no history of cardiovascular disease. The participants came from urban and rural areas of Isfahan, Arak, and Najafabad. The study lasted from 2001 until 2013 and the participants were interviewed every other year regarding their cardiovascular problems.

According to Dr. Mohammadifard, it’s best to eat raw, fresh, unsalted nuts. A good daily portion consists of 30 grams of nuts.