(STUDY FINDS) -- PARIS — Nuts are a go-to snack for millions all over the world, and for good reason. Besides the fact that they’re delicious, making them a regular part of your diet boasts a number of health benefits. Now, a new study just presented at the European Society of Cardiology’s annual conference reveals yet another reason why you should opt for an afternoon snack of nuts over that tempting bag of chips or a chocolate bar: eating a portion of nuts at least twice per week is linked to a 17% lower risk of dying from a heart attack, stroke, and other heart disease-related conditions.
“Nuts are a good source of unsaturated fat and contain little saturated fat,” explains study author Dr Noushin Mohammadifard of Isfahan Cardiovascular Research Institute in Iran in a statement. “They also have protein, minerals, vitamins, fibre, phytosterols, and polyphenols which benefit heart health. European and U.S. studies have related nuts with cardiovascular protection but there is limited evidence from the Eastern Mediterranean Region.”