Written By Betty van der Mark on Saturday, April 14, 2012 | 6:17 AM
Eating nuts lowers the risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Those who consumed varieties such as cashews, almonds, and pistachios demonstrated a lower body weight, body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference compared to non-consumers. People who eat nuts as part of a heart-healthy diet can lower the LDL, low-density lipoprotein or "bad," cholesterol level in their blood. High LDL is one of the primary causes of heart disease. Experts are now recommending a daily intake of 1.5 ounces, or three tablespoons of nuts as part of a healthy diet.