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Articles June 2015 Issue

New Evidence Your Heart Loves Nuts

Two new studies strengthen the scientific link between nut consumption and better cardiovascular health.

If you grew up thinking of nuts as a not-very-good-for-you indulgence, there’s a growing pile of evidence that should change your mind about these healthy foods. “For a long time, consumers thought that coffee raises blood pressure, eggs cause heart disease, chocolate is an unhealthy treat, and nuts make you fat,” says Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, director of Tufts’ HNRCA Antioxidants Research Laboratory. “However, such conclusions were often based on very little science and several mistaken assumptions.” The latest news in nuts’ rehabilitation comes from two studies spotlighting the heart-health benefits of almonds and peanuts.

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