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YOUR HEART LOVES NUTS

Snacking on nuts three or more times a week led to an 18 percent lower risk of atrial fibrillation—dangerous off beat heart rhythms—in a recent Swedish study that tracked the health and eating habits of 61,364 adults for 17 years.  Compounds in nuts may help the heart keep the beat by protecting cells against damage, reducing inflammation, and keeping artery linings healthy.  But be mindful of portions; nuts are high in calories.  The American Heart Association recommends three to five servings a week of nuts, seeds, and legumes for heart health; (a 1.5-ounce serving of nuts is about 34 almonds, 73 pistachios, or 21 walnuts).

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Source:  Heart, April 16, 2018