Eat Nuts to Live Longer?

We’ve all heard that nuts are good for us. A handful a day, as a snack or on a salad, is a great way to add healthy fats to our diet. Now, a new study has shown that eating nuts – peanuts (a legume, grown underground) or tree nuts (such as almonds, or walnuts) – are equally as good for you, and have additional health benefits.

“In the largest study of its kind, people who ate a daily handful of nuts were 20 percent less likely to die from any cause over a 30-year period than were those who didn’t consume nuts, say scientists from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Harvard School of Public Health.” (From Science Daily)

From ANY cause? That’s pretty significant. Like magical little beans!

“Their report, published in the “New England Journal of Medicine,” contains further good news. The regular nut-eaters were found to be more slender than those who didn’t eat nuts, a finding that should alleviate the widespread worry that eating a lot of nuts will lead to overweight.”

I’m sold. Adding nuts to my grocery list right now. Are Toffee Peanuts or Chocolate Covered Almonds okay? Wishful thinking. This is a pretty amazing finding, with far reaching health benefits for everyone.

What are your favorite nuts? There are almonds, macadamia, pecans, walnuts, cashews and peanuts, most readily available. You can find them roasted, salted or unsalted, smoked, and with different spicy flavorings. I think the scientists would encourage us to stick to the simple raw or roasted.

“Several previous studies have found an association between increasing nut consumption and a lower risk of diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, gallstones, and diverticulitis. Higher nut consumption also has been linked to reductions in cholesterol levels, oxidative stress, inflammation, adiposity, and insulin resistance.”

That just about covers everything you might be worrying about as you age, right? Even a spoon full of fresh peanut or almond butter on your morning toast, or with apple slices is a great way to get started adding nuts to your diet and living a longer and healthier life!

About Candace

Candy Dye is a Nurse Practitioner and teacher that loves everything about health, wellness, looking beautiful, and being with people who enjoy life and love to have fun!

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