Study: Almonds lower 10-year risk of chronic heart disease
NEW YORK — New research from the University of Toronto suggests that eating almonds with a heart-healthy diet lowers a person’s risk for chronic heart disease. The clinical study results, published in the British Journal of Nutrition from the Cambridge University press, show the effect of eating almond among 27 adults with an average age of 64 years.
The study’s participants all had elevated LDL cholesterol, and ate a diet suggested by the National Cholesterol Education Program, along with two to four ounces of almonds, one to two ounces of almonds. The control group ate muffins, made to have a similar nutritional makeup as almonds.
Those who consumed almonds saw an increase in oleic acid and other fatty acids. And the more almonds a subject ate, the lower their ten-year risk for chronic heart disease. For every extra ounce of almonds a person consumed, their risk was lowered by 3.5%
"The favorable effect of almonds, particularly the monounsaturated fat component, on heart disease risk in this study is consistent with previous research, including Mediterranean diet research," Cyrill Kendall, the study’s principal investigator, said. ”The improvement in serum fatty acid profiles observed with almond consumption provides further support for a diet rich in monounsaturated fats for overall cardiovascular health.”
In addition to the almond study, a recent Harvard University review of 27 studies on nut consumption showed that four weekly servings of nuts lowers a persons risk of diabetes by 13% and risk of fatal heart attacks by 24%.
Dollar General pushes forward with first Maine locations
OAKLAND, Maine — Despite Family Dollar rejecting Dollar General’s $9.7 billion offer to buy the company in an attempt to outbid the $8.5 billion that Dollar Tree offered, Dollar General is going forward with plans to open its first Maine locations.
The company announced in June that it would be moving into Maine, Rhode Island and Oregon. Among the planned Maine locations, is one in Oakland, where the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sun reports construction should begin in the coming days.
“They want to get started as soon as they can,” Bob Ellis, Oakland’s code enforcement office, told the newspaper.
Thought the location will be Dollar General's first in the state, both Dollar Tree and Family Dollar have locations there already.