Nuts really are the perfect snack food. They’re portable, come in their own natural packaging and, well, let’s face it they’re downright delicious. If you’ve been avoiding them over fears about fat or calories it’s time to stop.
Long time Healthier Talk readers already know we’re HUGE fans of nuts around here. The list of good things they can do for your health is as long as your arm. Plus the fats some folks are mistakenly avoiding are actually the healthy fats that far too many of us don’t get nearly enough of.
And now new research is once again confirming that our favorite snack food isn’t just tasty, it’s a true life saver.
Slash your risk of heart disease and cancer!
According to researchers from the Imperial College London acquiring a regular nut habit—about 20 grams or so a day—could slash your risk of heart disease by an astounding 30 percent. Your risk for all kinds of cancer could also drop by a healthy 15 percent.
Their review, published in the journal BMC Medicine, also revealed that folks who regularly indulge in this delicious snack could slash their risk of dying from diabetes by nearly 40 percent and their risk of dying from a respiratory infections by half.
In fact, according to the researchers a handful of nuts (around 28 grams) was linked to a 20 percent reduced risk of death from ANY cause.1 So, in other words, simply adding more nuts to your diet could literally help you live longer.
Nuts are brimming with good-for-you nutrients
But when you take a closer look at nuts it’s actually not all that surprising that they’re so good for us. Nuts are an excellent source of healthy unsaturated fats, protein and fiber. And nuts are brimming with a slew of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals such as the magnesium that our heart literally needs to keep beating.
And nuts are proven to fight both inflammation and oxidation, which are at the heart of just about any disease or illness you can name.
Frankly it would be nuts (sorry couldn’t help myself) to continue to avoid this heathy food. Put nuts back on YOUR menu starting today!
1. “Nut consumption and risk of cardiovascular disease, total cancer, all-cause and cause-specific mortality: a systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of prospective studies,” BMC Medicine, 201614:207
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