May 1st, 2007


I'm A Nut Eater

As I sit eating my South Beach-sanctioned afternoon snack of pistachios, I come across this.

"Eating a handful of nuts every day could cut the risk of heart disease, research shows.

Pistachio and macadamia nuts were found to drastically cut the levels of both cholesterol and unhealthy fats in the bloodstream.

The findings emerged from two major studies on almost 3,000 adults. In one, US doctors at Pennsylvania State University gave some test subjects small handfuls of either pistachio or macadamia nuts over five weeks.

Nut eaters’ levels of cholesterol and unhealthy fats called triglycerides were reduced by an average of ten per cent — and in some cases up to 30 PER CENT. Both substances can clog the arteries, restricting blood flow and causing heart disease.

Researchers said the monounsaturated fats and vitamin E in both nuts helped protect the arteries.

'One to two handfuls of the nuts reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease,' said study leader Sarah Gebauer."