Cartoon – Nuts Reduce Heart Disease and Death

Nuts and Health

High intake of nuts has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and mortality in earlier studies, however, have been criticized for being conducted largely in European populations with high socioeconomic status (SES). Researchers from Vanderbilt looked at urban Chinese and Black populations from low SES and nut consumption on health. They found that “consumption was associated with decreased overall and cardiovascular disease mortality across different ethnic groups and among individuals from low SES groups”.


Luu HN, Blot WJ, Xiang YB, Cai H, Hargreaves MK, Li H, Yang G, Signorello L, Gao YT, Zheng W, & Shu XO (2015). Prospective Evaluation of the Association of Nut/Peanut Consumption With Total and Cause-Specific Mortality. JAMA internal medicine PMID: 25730101

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Shaheen E Lakhan, MD, PhD, MEd, MS

Shaheen E Lakhan, MD, PhD, MEd, MS, is a board-certified neurologist, pain medicine specialist, medical educator, and executive director of the Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation (GNIF). He is a published scholar in biomarkers, biotechnology, education technology, and neurology. He serves on the editorial board of several scholarly publications and has been honored by the U.S. President and Congress.
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