EATING NUTS regularly may protect against the risk of coronary heart disease, probably because of their high fibre and polyunsaturated fat content, according to a study from California. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine of the American Medical Association, involved 31,000 Seventh Day Adventists in their early fifties. It showed that those eating nuts more than five times a week ran a relatively low risk of heart disease, compared with those eating nuts less than once a week.

Nuts showed a 'strong and consistent protective effect' against heart disease, say the authors, from the Center for Health Research at Loma Linda University.