Research released today by the American Heart Association found that participants who took part in a study across four years had modestly lowered their LDL cholesterol levels if they ate a handful of walnuts each day.
Out of 708 healthy, independently-living adults between the ages of 63 and 79, those who added about 64 grams (half a cup) of walnuts to their usual daily diet had reduced their LDL level by an average of 4.3 percent.
Their total cholesterol level was lowered by an average of 8.5md/dL.
Study co-author Emilio Ros, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Lipid Clinic at the Endocrinology and Nutrition Service of the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona said: “Prior studies have shown that nuts in general, and walnuts in particular, are associated with lower rates of heart disease and stroke.
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