The Study:  

  • Nuts have long been called heart-healthy, and this study was the largest ever done on whether eating them affects mortality.  119,000 men and woman were tracked. 
the Findings:
  • People who ate a handful of nuts every day were 20 % less likely to die over a 30 year period than those who never ate nuts
  • Eating nuts more often appeared to lower the death riskin direct proportion to consumption.
  • The risk of dying of heart disease dropped 29% and the risk of dying of cancer fell 11% among those who had nuts seven or more times a weekcompared to those who never ate them
  • Nut eaters stayed slimmer.  "There is a general perception if you eat more nuts you're going to get fat.  Our results show the opposite." Dr. Bao
  • The reduction in mortality was similar both for peanuts (a legume, or ground nut) and for tree nuts - walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, macadamias, pecans, pistachios, and pine nuts
  • Several previous studies had found an association between increasing nut consumption and a lower risk of diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, gallstones, and diverticulitisHigher nut consumption also has been linked to reductions in cholesterol levels, oxidative stress, inflammation, adiposity, and insulin resistance.

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