By Patrick Cavanaugh with the Agricultural information network
Do you remember when eating nuts wasn’t good for you? The medical industry had it all wrong. Richard Waycott is President and CEO of the Almond Board of California, he said the journey to get to the truth has taken some time.
âIt was a journey that took about 20 years and we started it, not really knowing, like most research, that you don’t know what you’re necessarily going to get,â Waycott said. Fortunately, for almonds and walnuts, the focus was on cholesterol and heart health, and we were able to have redundant trials, clinical trials, published in articles that found that, yes, indeed, increasing the consumption of almonds helps with cholesterol. “
And that it lowered bad cholesterol and increased good cholesterol. âSo that was our first stake in the ground, and we just built on it,â Waycott noted.
And this is all part of a major priority with the Almond Board and that is to invest in healthy research. âWe invest every year, COVID, sort of embarrassed a bit because clinical trials, but over $ 3 million a year on clinical trials, they’re not cheap, and they usually take several years to complete, then you should be released, ânoted Waycott. âThis is definitely the foundation of the Almond Board’s work. “
And as further evidence, according to the largest study of its kind, people who ate a handful of nuts daily were 20% less likely to die from any cause over a 30-year period than those who did not.