Eat nuts, live longer

love nuts. I eat them as nut butter, whole as a snack, and crushed in salads and on fish. Now, the largest study to date on the health benefits of these little beauties has revealed that nuts may help you live longer.

When the low fat brigade was still out in force during the 90s and the early 2000s, nuts were often shunned as a high fat food that only added calories to your diet and centimetres to your waistline. Since that myth was dispelled, and the heart-healthy benefits became apparent, nuts have been widely recognised as a nutritiously dense and delicious add on to any meal.

The recent study, conducted by the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School reviewed nut intake and death from all causes in a little under 100,000 women. Those who reported eating the highest proportions of nuts were found to be less likely to die from a range of disease, including cancer, heart disease and respiratory diseases.

An article on reported that those who ate nuts seven or more times a week enjoyed a 20% lower death rate after four years than individuals who did not eat nuts. Nut eaters, according to the study, were also slimmer, more active and non-smokers.

So there you go. As if eating nuts wasn’t a delicious enough experience in itself, the benefits now reach beyond the initial crunch in your mouth. Keep this in mind next time you reach for a snack – make it a nutty one!