Is that why elephants live so long? Peanuts said to have positive heart health impact.
Heart health matters—simple as that.
It’s been a busy March for those studying heart health, and we’re going to need a scorecard to remember what we can or can’t do. What we’ve learned from the latest studies is that eating peanuts and drinking coffee is good for our cardiovascular system. At the same time, we need to stay away from fried foods and excessive doses of testosterone. Got that?
I think that’s easy to remember. We already got the fried food thing down or we should have and most of us already drink coffee or eat nuts anyway. Now, we just know that either of those isn’t bad for us.
The latest study comes from the American Medical Association’s journal called Internal Medicine
The study looking at peanuts concluded that eating them was associated with lower cardiovascular disease no matter your ethnic group. The good news is that you benefit from eating small amounts of peanuts, which are an inexpensive snack.
The study had a significant number of people to make the determination with more than 70,000 blacks and Caucasians in the US and 130,000 people in China. What is showed that the risk of dying cardiovascular disease was cut in a range of 23 percent to 38 percent.
The study also uses the caveat that it’s research isn’t determined by clinical trials but rather observing what people do in their lives. That means they’re not 100 percent sure that the peanuts are responsible.
Researchers also point out that it doesn’t mean people will get a bigger benefit by eating a lot of peanuts. A little goes a long way and besides you want to avoid the salt associated with eating too many nuts, they say.
Peanuts are hailed for their fiber, unsaturated fat and antioxidants. Previous studies have linked benefits of eating peanuts to improved blood pressure and diabetes as well. Peanut butter doesn’t show any heart healthy benefits but natural peanut butter might, researchers say.
If you’re going to eat some peanuts, you might want to wash it down with coffee, although water seems like a more natural option.
The latest coffee study is based on research in South Korea and is co-authored by said Eliseo Guallar, an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health study that says drinking a moderate amount of coffee every day can lower the risk of clogged arteries, thus in turn lower the risk of a heart attack.
What the study showed is those who drink three to five cups of coffee on a daily basis had the lowest risk of getting calcium deposits in their arteries. Even those who drank one cup a day saw benefits, according to researchers from this study.
The study looked at more than 25,000 people with an average age of 41 and had no signs of heart disease. The study was based on their filling out of a questionnaire and a CT scan.
Of those who drank three to five cups a day, 40 percent had less calcium. Those who drank one to three cups had 35 percent less and it fell to 23 percent if you only drank one cup a day.
Those who drank five or more cups had almost 20 percent more calcium than those who drank none, the study says. Researchers says they aren’t sure but it could be the antioxidants in the coffee.
- Eat peanuts. Check. Drink Coffee Check.
Now there’s new news of what we should avoid for our heart healthy goals.
It starts with the Food and Drug Administration that just issued a warning to doctors saying they shouldn’t overprescribe testosterone-boosting drugs for men.
While many men turn to the drugs for low sex drive or fatigue, the FDA is saying that you run the higher risk of a heart attack or stroke:
The FDA says those making the drugs must do a better job with their labeling to say it’s intended for low testosterone levels caused by disease.
In what most of us have long known but were hoping was untrue – the more fried food we eat, the better chance of having a heart attack.
This study was funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and presented at the American Heart Association.
The study looked at more than 15,000 male doctors who reported how much fried food they ate over a three-year period. It showed that over 9.6 years, there were 632 new heart failure cases.
Those who ate fried food one to three times a week were 23 percent more likely to be diagnosed with heart failure. The risk rose to 26 percent if you ate it four to six times a week and 100 percent if you ate it seven times or more a week, according to the study presented by Luc Djousse, an associate professor of medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital at the Harvard Medical School.
Djousse says we should eat more fruits and vegetables and whole grains and stay away not only from fried foods but red meat.
I guess that means no more fried chicken and doughnuts.