have known for some time that nuts are a healthy food. Now a new study reveals this high protein snack can be the key to a longer life by preventing many chronic diseases. Research published in the International Journal of Epidemiology shows eating at least ten grams of nuts or peanuts a day is associated with a lower mortality rate from respiratory diseases, neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, diabetes, cancer and heart disease. nut butters, however, do not offer the same protection.
The researchers examined data from participants 120,00 men and women between 55 and 69 years in the Netherlands Cohort Study, which has been ongoing since 1986. The subjects were asked how frequency walnuts, peanuts and peanut butter in your diet, and the amount of each consumed are included. scientific head teacher Piet van den Brandt told CBS News:
Compared with those who are not eating nuts or peanuts, relative reductions in the death rate for people who consumed at least 10 grams of nuts or peanuts per day were 23 percent risk of total mortality (all deaths), 21 percent for cancer, 17 percent of cardiovascular deaths, and 39 percent of respiratory deaths.
Ten grams of nuts is about half of a handful. The study showed eating more than 15 grams does not provide additional benefits.
As part of their research, the scientists surveyed the previous data on the effect of nut consumption on cancer and respiratory disease mortality. Data supported the findings of the Dutch study.
longevity expert Dan Buettner wrote the book, The Blue Zones solution, for which he studied the diets of older throughout the last century living human beings. He says the research is consistent with their own conclusions. He explained:
By examining 155 dietary surveys conducted over the last century in the five blue areas, we found that legumes – including peanuts – were the cornerstone of all diets longevity the world. Also, eating a handful of nuts it is associated with 2-3 years of increased life expectancy.
The “blue zones”, countries where people have the longest life expectancy, such as Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Loma Linda, California; Ikaria, Greece; and the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica.
Health experts speculate nuts and peanuts prevent deadly tree disease reason is that both contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated healthy fats, along with fiber and other nutrients. Buettner said that the study does not prove a causal relationship; it may be that people who eat nuts are eating less unhealthy foods.