Nuts about Nuts
A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine about the benefits of nut consumption revealed that a handful of nuts a day could decrease your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer and help you live longer. A serving size of nuts is just 1 ounce. The information came from two extensive studies following more than 120,000 people over multiple decades. The studies showed that those who eat nuts at least once every day had a 20% lower death rate than those who did not. The nut type was insignificant, and benefits were noted in those who ate peanuts or assorted tree nuts.
While many people may believe that consuming nuts could lead to obesity, studies have shown the opposite to be true. Those who consume more nuts daily had a lower rate of obesity, less weight gain, and reduced waist circumferences. Some of the health benefits of eating nuts are likely due to the nutrients that nuts contain. They have unsaturated fatty acids, high levels of protein, and vitamins including Folate, Niacin, and Vitamin E. Phytochemicals stored in nuts may also provide beneficial anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic and antioxidant properties. Macadamia nuts contain Omega 3 and Omega 7 fatty acids, and the benefits of these fatty acids. In addition, some reports have associated those who consume them with improved cholesterol levels, beneficial cardiac effects, and lower levels of inflammation.
Some of the reasons that nut consumers may also experience better health comes from the findings that nut eaters were also more likely to exercise, consume more vitamins, fruits and vegetables.
Eating nuts may not be the cure for obesity or the fountain of youth, but I would recommend having a handful as a snack each day as I do. They help curb your appetite, supply you with a large number of beneficial vitamins and minerals as mentioned above, and they may, in fact, help control your weight. The best part is they may also help you live longer and healthier. So now it’s time to do the obvious and go nuts for nuts!
If you liked reading this article, you may also enjoy my experience with testing vegetarian diets: Confessions of a Former Vegetarian.
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Dr. Kulka is a board-certified family medicine physician with 20 years of clinical experience. Placing an emphasis on improving wellness and avoiding illness, Dr. Kulka has a passion for educating people about their health, weight loss options, and specific medical concerns in an easy-to-understand way.
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