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A recent study reported that eating nuts reduces heart disease risk. The U.S. Physician's Healthy Study, published in the June 24 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, followed the dietary habits of 21,454 male physicians for an average of 17 years. Researchers found that the men who ate nuts at least twice a week lowered their risk of sudden cardiac death by 47 percent and reduced risk of coronary heart disease death 30 percent, compared with those who didn't eat nuts. The researchers concluded that this boost to heart health could come from the alpha-linoleic acid, a fatty acid found in many nuts that helps regulate heart rhythm. Previous research has found that nut consumption protects against heart disease.