Eating nuts may help lower cholesterol levels


May 11, 2010 2:46:10 PM PDT
Eating nuts may help lower cholesterol levels, according to a review of 25 studies involving nearly 600 people.

Researchers reporting in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine say nuts may help prevent the absorption of cholesterol.

Participants ate a small bag of nuts a day and most saw their cholesterol levels reduced by nearly seven-and-a-half percent.

Researchers say as well as improving cholesterol. They also reduced the amount of triglyceride, a type of blood fat that has been linked to heart disease.

Experts say nuts can be part of a healthy diet but warn against eating nuts covered in salt or sugar.