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.
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.