Eating nuts several times a week reduces the risk of heart attack by up to 50%
Dr Joan Sabaté Chair, Nutrition, School of Public Health Loma Linda University, California
Medical practitioner and researcher into the protective qualities of food in relation to heart disease. Dr. Sabaté is a board certified physician in internal medicine and obtained a degree of Doctor of Public Health in Nutrition from Loma Linda University. He was an American Heart Association post doctoral fellow in the Preventive Medicine Department then became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and in the Department of Nutrition. In 1998 he was named Chair of the Department of Nutrition while continuing his teaching commitments in epidemiology. Dr. Sabaté served as principal investigator in a nutrition research study that directly linked the consumption of nuts to significant reductions in serum cholesterol. His findings were published in the ‘ New England Journal of Medicine’ in 1993 and received the attention of more than 400 media sources. Bringing the research full circle ‘ Archives of Internal Medicine’ has recently published the findings of Dr Sabatés pooled analysis of 25 intervention trials establishing the benefits of nut consumption on blood lipid levels and lowering the risk of heart disease.
A study was conducted from 1974 to 1988 involving approximately 34,000 Californian Adventists over 25 years of age. The purpose was to find out which components of the Adventist lifestyle gives protection against disease.