WTAP @ 5 To Your Health Report: Nut Benefits

A lot of people shy away from nuts because they're high in fat.

But nutritionists say, the fat in nuts is really good for you.

Now a new study finds they may be better for the heart than originally thought.

Here's Elizabeth Cohen with today's' Health Minute.

Want to lower your cholesterol? Eat nuts.

According to a new a report in this week's Archives of Internal Medicine people who chomp on cashews, peanuts and other nuts, actually improve their blood cholesterol levels.

Researchers looked at data from 25 trials conducted in seven countries and found participants who consumed an average of about two-and-a-half ounces of nuts a day, reduced their total cholesterol by a little over five percent.

The nut eaters also dropped their LDL, or bad cholesterol by 7 point four percent.

In addition, triglyceride levels declined by a little over 10 percent among people who had high triglyceride levels.

Investigators say nuts are rich in plant proteins, unsaturated fatty acids, fiber, minerals and antioxidants which contribute to the prevention heart disease.

For today's Health Minute, i'm Elizabeth Cohen.

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