The skeptical cardiologist nut project (aka the nutty cardiologist project) now has a logo. Say hello to the world’s only walnut-auscultating promoter of nut consumption. Soon you will see his smiling face on the packets of nuts I’ll be handing out to help defeat cardiovascular disease.
Special thanks to my wonderful Washington University computer-science major and bass guitar wiz daughter, Gwyneth, for creating the squirrel doctor during her winter break.
I promised 10 bags of nuts and “oodles of glory” to the reader whose name I selected but I can’t identify who proposed Heart Nuts. Let me know who you are and I’ll get the nuts to you.
Now I need a name for the squirrel.
N.B. Nuts are recognized as promoting reduced cholesterol, oxidative stress, and insulin resistance thereby reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
I’ve focused on their cardiovascular benefits (perhaps mediated by dietary fiber, magnesium, polyunsaturated fats, vitamin E, and antioxidants) but recent studies suggest other health benefits that could contribute to improved longevity.
Nuts contain bioactive compounds both known (ellagic acid, anacardic acid, genistein, resveratrol, and inositol phosphates) and unknown which may reduce the risk of cancer or other chronic diseases.
A recent meta-analysis found that consuming one serving of nuts per day was associated with a 15% lower risk of any cancer and a 22% lower risk of dying from any cause.
Embrace the nuts I say!