Daily nuts linked to longer life
A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that eating a small amount of nuts each day may help people live longer.
The research, which included information from more than 118,000 people, found that those who ate about one ounce (28 grams) of nuts daily, seven days a week, were 20 percent less likely to die over a 30-year period, compared with those who did not consume nuts. When the researchers looked at specific causes of death, they found that people who ate a daily ounce of nuts were 29 percent less likely to die of heart disease, 24 percent less likely to die from respiratory disease and 11 percent less likely to die from cancer. The results held even when researchers factored in participants’ weight, fruit and vegetable consumption, and level of physical activity.
The findings were similar for consumption of peanuts as well as tree nuts, including walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds.
While the study does not prove that eating nuts was the cause of people's longer lives, the findings support the results of prior research linking nut consumption with a reduced risk of many diseases, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and colon cancer.