If you snack regularly on nuts, you may be prolonging your life. The latest study on this healthy snack found that individuals who ate a one-ounce serving of nuts daily (that amounts to 16-24 almonds, 16 to 18 cashews) reduced their risk of dying from any cause over three decades compared to people who didn’t eat nuts or ate fewer nuts. Researchers from Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute tracked nut consumption in some 119,000 Americans for 30 years, looking for how snacking on nuts might affect all causes of death as well as any link between nut consumption and certain health threats such as heart disease. The investigators reviewed the participants’ nut consumption when the study began and every two to four years afterward. During that period, more than 16,000 women and more than 11,000 men died. When the investigators compared study participants who ate nuts to those who didn’t, they found that eating seven one-ounce servings per week cut the risk of death from any cause by 20 percent. They also found that people who ate nuts were learner, had lower rates of obesity, lower cholesterol, less high blood sugar, and smaller waist circumferences. In addition, they ate more fruits and vegetables and exercised more than people who ate fewer nuts or didn’t eat nuts at all.
Charles S. Fuchs et al, “Association of Nut Consumption with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality,” New England Journal of Medicine, DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1307352