To live a long, healthy life, go a little nuts — every day.
That’s the takeaway of a study published Monday in the BMC Medicine journal, which found that munching a handful of nuts on a daily basis cuts the risk of a wide range of diseases — from cancer to heart disease. As holiday parties loom, the timely findings expand on already-known health pluses of eating nuts of all kinds, including peanuts, which are actually legumes.
According to a report on CBS News, “Analysis suggests even a small daily serving cuts the risk of coronary heart disease by 30 per cent, cancer by 15 per cent and premature death by 22 per cent. It can also halve the risk of respiratory disease and reduces diabetes by nearly 40 per cent. ” CBS also put together a short video on the health benefits of eating nuts. Click here or on the picture below to watch it.
However, as Time Magazine pointed out….more is not necessarily better. So, if a handful of nuts is a health boost – that doesn’t mean gobbling down pounds of nuts will make you even healthier.
The findings support the notion that nuts are a worthy addition to the diet, but the benefits had a threshold, however. People eating more than 20 daily grams of nuts didn’t seem to show additional reduction in their risk of developing conditions like heart disease or cancer or the other health outcomes—so as with everything in nutrition, nuts are best in moderation.
While all nuts seemed to provide benefits, Yahoo quoted Imperial College London professor Dagfinn Aune, who co-authored the study, as saying a few nuts really stood out. “Some nuts, particularly walnuts and pecan nuts, are also high in antioxidants, which can fight oxidative stress and possibly reduce cancer risk. Even though nuts are quite high in fat, they are also high in fiber and protein, and there is some evidence that suggests nuts might actually reduce your risk of obesity over time.”
Share your thoughts on this new study and whether the results will lead you to go nuts this holiday season! Generating conversations around the health issues making headlines will help us move the health needle in our state. And moving that needle takes us another step closer to our long-term goal of making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!