Health promotion · Healthy Eating · Salt

Should we go nuts this Christmas?

A systematic review of the evidence found in 20 studies (29 publications) by researchers at Imperial College London published today in BioMed Central revealed statistically significant reductions in risk of diseases such as cancer, stroke, coronary heart disease and diabetes in people who ate more than 20g a day of nuts.

Whilst there could be a number of factors associated with this reduction in risk, it puts nuts in a positive light. So, don’t assume that nuts are magic pills when your diet is otherwise very unbalanced diet and you do very little physical activity.

If you are going to be eating more nuts this Christmas though, make sure they are not salted ones or you could increase your risk of hypertension in the process! Nuts covered in chocolate fall into the sweets category so also not a recommended regular snack.

For the full study, click here

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