Nuts May Help Reduce Cholesterol

October 25/Islamabad, Pakistan/Right Vision News -- Eating nuts reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and improve the blood lipids profile, suggest an analysis of 25 trials.

Nuts are a matrix of healthy nutrients and the most obvious reason for the cholesterol-lowering effect is their unsaturated fat content, Health News reported.

Nuts also contain fiber, vegetable protein, phytoesterols and other antioxidants. Studies have consistently associated nut consumption with reduced risk for coronary heart disease.

Subsequently, many dietary intervention trials investigated the effects of nut consumption on blood lipid levels.

To estimate the effects of nut consumption on blood lipid levels and to examine whether different factors modify the effects, researchers from California pooled data on 583 men and women who had participated in 25 nut consumption trials conducted in seven different countries. The participants had normal lipid profiles and were not taking any lipid-lowering medications when the trials started.

From the November 1, 2010, Prepared Foods E-dition