Eating nuts could help lower risk of heart disease

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Eating nuts could help lower risk of heart disease: Ali Gorman reports during Action News at 5pm on November 13, 2017. (WPVI)

Going "nuts" with you diet could be a good thing. New research shows that people who regularly eat a variety of nuts are less likely to develop heart disease.

Harvard scientists looked at the eating habits of more than 200,000 healthcare workers.

Those eating walnuts at least once a week cut their heart risk by 21-percent compared to people who never eat nuts.

Lovers of other tree nuts, such as almonds or pistachios, got a slightly bigger benefit - up to 23-percent. And for people who eat peanuts, there was a 15-percent lower risk.

Of course, try not to over-do it. Nuts are high in calories, so you want to keep the portions small and try to limit overly salted nuts.

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