Eating nuts and peanuts (peanuts) is associated with reduced mortality and risk of cardiovascular disease, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Although it is classified as a legume, peanuts have a nutritional profile comparable to nuts. The researchers examined the association between this consumption of nuts (including groundnuts) and mortality, according to the eating habits of different ethnic groups.
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Reduced mortality with nuts and peanuts
The authors of the study analyzed a cohort of 71,764 low-income women and men living in the Southeast United States, as well as a group involving 134,265 men and women living in Shanghai, China. The study shows that high nut consumption is associated with reduced mortality and cardiovascular disease in all ethnic groups, both women and men. Total mortality is reduced by 21% among Americans and 17% among Chinese. Groundnuts are the main source of Chinese “nuts”, while they represent half of the “nuts” consumed by Americans.
Health at a low cost
Walnut consumption therefore seems to be an interesting and realistic approach for the prevention of cardiovascular disease, especially among people of low socio-economic status because of the affordable price of nuts and peanuts as long as they are not processed: roasted and saturated with salt…
Luu H N et al, prospective Evaluation of the Association of Nut/Peanut Consumption With Total and Cause-Specific Mortality. JAMA Internal