Eating a handful of nuts twice a week can slash the risk of heart disease by almost a quarter, say scientists.
A study of more than 200,000 people – many of whom were followed for more than three decades – found all types of nuts helped prevent the world’s biggest killer.
Strikingly, the Harvard University researchers said they also found no evidence that nuts fueled weight gain, despite their high calorie content and previous reports to the contrary.
Regular snacking on walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, pistachios, pecans and peanuts achieved dramatic results compared to those who rarely or never ate them.
Those who ate any of these tree nuts two or more times a week were 23 and 15 percent less likely to develop coronary heart disease or cardiovascular disease, respectively.