Some fairly recent analyses of the Adventist Health Study
findings showed a remarkable relationship between eating nuts
and whole wheat bread, and experiencing a reduced risk for
Coronary Heart Disease (CHD). These findings were the subject of
a research article submitted by Dr. Fraser and his colleagues to
the Archives of Internal Medicine, and published in its July
The most outstanding findings of this part of the overall study
show that nut consumption reduces the risk of both fatal and
nonfatal coronary heart disease. Again, the researchers looked
for a variety of ways to disprove the finding, adjusting the
data for differences in age, sex, smoking habits, exercise,
relative weight, and hypertension. The protective qualities of
nuts remained statistically significant and essentially
unchanged in magnitude.
Those individuals who ate nuts one to four times a week had 26%
decrease in the risk of suffering from definite nonfatal
myocardial infarction (MI) and a 27% decrease in the risk of
definite fatal coronary heart disease as compared to those who
ate nuts less than once a week. However, those individuals who
ate nuts five or more times a week had a 48% decrease in the
risk of definite nonfatal heart attack and a 38% reduced risk of
definite fatal CHD as compared to the group who ate nuts less
than once a week.
Age- and sex-adjusted analyses of the associations between nut
consumption and definite CHD were calculated for various
subgroups within the Adventist Health Study. Results were
examined to see if the association between nut consumption and
CHD held up in different segments of the population. The
consistency was quite remarkable and adds to the researchers'
confidence in the importance of these findings.
Both "ever-smokers" and "never-smokers" showed a 46% decrease in
the risk of coronary heart disease when they ate nuts five or
more times a week. Study participants with normal blood pressure
showed that eating nuts more than five times a week reduced
their risk of coronary heart disease by 60% percent, and
hypertensive individuals enjoyed a 30% decrease in risk compared
to similar subjects who ate few nuts.
Nuts are widely used here at The Wholefood Farmacy and you can
find them in many of our foods. In addition, the next time you
go to the grocery store, spend a few minutes looking at all of
the different types of nuts and consider them in place of other
processed food snacks such as potato chips and cheese puffs.
You’ll love them, your kids will love them and your whole family
will be much better off. Now is the best time to put your kids
on a path that leads to health, vitality, longevity and