Posted on May 17, 2010 by

Eating about two and a half handfuls of nuts every day helps lower total cholesterol and “bad” LDL cholesterol, and improves the ratio of total cholesterol to “good” HDL cholesterol, a study reports.
Researchers pooled the results of 25 clinical trials that involved 583 participants over all. The study reported that eating just 2.4 ounces of nuts of any kind was associated with declines of 10.2 milligrams per deciliter in bad cholesterol, a drop of about 7.4 percent, and 10.9 milligrams in total cholesterol, or 5.1 percent.
The study, appeared in the May 10 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.
But the authors noted that some of the trials they analyzed had no corporate financing, yet came to similar conclusions.
Nuts are rich in unsaturated fats.The effect was most pronounced among people with higher LDL cholesterol to begin with and among those who were not obese. The more nuts they ate, the greater the effects.

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