It is already a known fact that nuts are incredibly good for your health, as they are not only tasty but also extremely nutritious. In spite of the large number of calories they contain, they are recommended in almost all types of diets as well, as long as they are eaten in small quantities.
A new study reveals another advantage of eating the delicious nuts every day – they can prevent early death. According to the Dutch scientists who carried out the research, just a handful of nuts can protect you against a considerable number of chronic diseases and prevent early death.
Thus, ten grams of nuts or peanuts eaten every day was linked to a lower risk of early death, especially for patients suffering from neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s diseases, respiratory diseases, certain types of cancer, diabetes or cardiovascular diseases. However, people who consume peanut butter do not benefit from the same effects on their health.
In order to carry out the study, the researchers analyzed the data of 120,000 people, both male and female, whose ages varied from 55 to 69. They took part in the Netherlands Cohort study, which started in 1986. These people had to answer questions regarding the quantity and the type of nuts they ate.
The results showed that the people who consumed about ten grams of nuts or peanuts every day had a lower risk of death by 23 percent. It was also shown that they faced 21 percent lower chances of dying of cancer, had 17 percent lower risk of cardiovascular deaths and were 39 percent less likely to die of respiratory complications.
Eating more than 10 grams of nuts daily was not associated with an even lower risk of early death than the one presented above, according to epidemiologist Professor Piet van der Brandt, who is also the one who led the study.
These findings were supported by other research related to the benefits of nuts consumption, which the team conducting the project analyzed. They came to the conclusion that the previously published studies reached similar conclusions.
The results of the study were published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.
Other scientists, such as Dan Buettner, who is a longevity expert and author of the book “The Blue Zones Solution” sustained the theories presented in the recently published study, saying that his own findings pointed out to the same idea.
“By examining 155 dietary surveys conducted over the last century in all five Blue Zones, we found that legumes — including peanuts — were the cornerstone of every longevity diet in the world. Also, eating a handful of nuts is associated with 2 – 3 years of increased life expectancy,” he said.
It is not hard to explain why nuts are very healthy – they are known to contain good vitamins, fibers, as well as monosaturated and polysaturated fats.
Nevertheless, it is still uncertain whether these nuts are the ones that prolong a person’s life or the fact that the people who chose them as snacks tend to eat fewer chips or other unhealthy salty foods.
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