Daily Nuts Could Protect Against Certain Diseases

In case you haven't make nuts a part of your daily diet, it may be time to consider it. According to new research from the Netherlands, just a handful of nuts a day can significantly lower your risk of early mortality.

Researchers from Maastricht University analyzed dietary and lifestyle surveys from more than 120,000 male and female Dutch participants who were between 55 and 69 years old in 1986.  The scientists then compared the data to their mortality rate 10 years later.

The findings, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, indicated a 23 percent lower chance of death across all diseases for people who consumed at least 10g of nuts per day. The data also showed a 45 percent lower rate of developing neurodegenerative disease, 39 percent lower for respiratory disease, and a 30 percent lower for diabetes.

The researchers said they controlled for the factor that nut consumers tend to eat diets higher in fruit and vegetables, and that female nut consumers tend to be leaner.

One other footnote: There was no perceived benefit from eating peanut butter, which is high in salt and trans fats.

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Sourced from: BBC News, Nuts 'protect against early death'