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a new study in over 100,000 people has found that eating all kinds of nuts may help you live longer. The study, from Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, examined the nut consumption habits and death rates of over 75,000 women and over 42,000 men. Of this large cohort, those who regularly ate nuts were found to be less likely to die from diseases like cancer, respiratory failure, or heart disease. People who ate nuts daily had a 20% lower death rate compared to people who didn’t eat nuts. Of course, this is a correlative study, so it’s not totally clear that nuts are the silver bullet for longevity. Still, a finding from a study with this many participants definitely merits further research and some serious consideration
“We found that people who ate nuts every day lived longer, healthier lives than people who didn’t eat nuts,” said study co-author Dr. Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. The report, in tomorrow’s New England Journal of Medicine, showed that daily nut-eaters were less likely to die of cancer, heart disease, and respiratory disease. Overall, the daily nut-eaters were 20% less likely to have died during the course of the study than those who avoided nuts. (Peanuts, which are actually legumes, counted as nuts in this study). The findings were gleaned from nearly 120,000 participants in the Nurses’ Health Study and the Physician’s Health Study. All answered questions about their diets at the beginning of the studies in the 1980s and then every two to four years during 30 years of follow-up. The researchers classified the participants into six categories that ranged from never eating nuts to eating them seven or more times per week. The more often people ate nuts, the lower their risk of premature death
The findings echo those of earlier studies, according to Dr. Penny Kris-Etherton, professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, who highlighted nut research at this week’s American Heart Association meeting in Dallas, Texas. “Eating nuts lowers LDL (“bad” cholesterol), raises HDL (“good” cholesterol) and also lowers blood pressure and blood pressure responses to stress,” said Dr. Kris-Etherton. Her research also shows that nut consumption helps boost a process called reverse cholesterol transport, by which HDL particles in the blood sweep away fatty plaque from clogged arteries. The Harvard researchers pointed out that the composition of nuts—fiber, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals—may provide “cardioprotective, anticarcinogenic, antiinflammatory, and antioxidant properties.” Worried that eating nuts might make you fat, since they’re high in fat? In fact, frequent nut eaters were less likely to gain weigh in this and other studies. “Nuts are high in protein and fiber, which delays absorption and decreases hunger,” said Dr. Hu, adding that nuts contain mostly unsaturated healthy fats.
originally posted by: DrogoTheNorman
I have to confess my nut consumption usually involves chocolate. Almond M & M's ARE the best candy in the world. There is no need for you to argue this point with me because I AM right.
originally posted by: TiredofControlFreaks
a reply to: DrogoTheNorman
Money spent funding this kind of crap could also be used for cancer reserch or climate change. Or how about we stop funding nonsense and just leave the tax money to the taxpayer so that he can afford his groceries.àà
it hurts in ways that you just have not thought about.
why would you want to encourage this crap. We should be sending in emails that laugh and make fun of them