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In an observational study published recently from the the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that frequent nut consumption was associated with a lower risk of all-cause and disease specific death.
The studied 118000 people over 30 years and found that those who ate at least a one-ounce serving of nuts seven or more times a week had 20% lower risk of all-cause death (compared to people who did not eat nuts).
There are about 20-25 almonds and 15-20 peanuts or cashews in a one ounce serving.
Compared to those who didn't eat nuts frequently in the study, the regular "nutties" were leaner, less likely to smoke, more likely to exercise, take multivitamin supplements, eat more fruits and veggies and drink alcohol.
In addition, eating nuts five or more times a week was associated with 11% lower risk of cancer-related death, 24% lower risk of death from respiratory disease, 25% lower risk of cardiovascular-related death and a 29% lower risk of heart disease. Very good incentive to eat more nuts if you ask me.
Both peanuts and tree nuts (pecans, almonds, pine nuts, walnuts etc) had similar effects on lowering mortality.
Well, now you know what should be at the top of your grocery shopping list.
Bao Y, Han JL, Hu FB et al (2013). Association Of Nut Consumption With Total And Cause-specific
Mortality. NEJM. 369:2001-2011. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1307352.