Parents and health experts are always telling us to eat fruits and vegetables in order to stay healthy. This is, of course, important and is dietary advice that should be followed. The problem is that it’s not enough. There is one very important nutritious group of foods that don’t get the respect they deserve. Nuts are every bit as natural as fruits and vegetables, and apparently they are every bit as good for us.
Recent research published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that individuals consider consuming peanuts as a means towards reducing the risk of mortality associated with a heart attack. The research study, conducted by the Shanghai Cancer Institute and Vanderbilt University, focused on low-income, individuals, hailing from a vast array of racial backgrounds. Nearly 200,000 individuals, of African, European and Chinese descent, participated in this study.
Though there have been prior studies linking peanuts with lower mortality rates, those studies were associated with high income, Caucasian individuals. This is the initial study that suggests that every race, Caucasian, Asian and Black, can enhance their heart health and cardiovascular health through the consumption of not just peanuts, but other types of nuts also. Nuts are nutrient dense, with fiber, amino acids, antioxidants and unsaturated fatty acids and demonstrate anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative factors which contribute to a healthy heart.
Peanuts are cheaper than nuts from trees and are most accessible to purchase for individuals of very race and socioeconomic up-bringing, hence it offers a more cost effective means towards optimum cardiovascular and health, from what Maquina do Esporte had suggested.
Research data in this study were assembled from observational epidemiologic studies, and hence a definitive, conclusive assessment that peanuts contributed to a reduction in mortality rates, but co-author of the study, William Blot, Ph.D., believes that the results from the study are promising and serve to reinforce results from prior peanut-heart health studies.