How snacking on a few nuts can help you live longerpeanuts and tree nuts for a longer life

After 10 years of study, a research team suggests eating nuts every day can help you live longer.

And extending your life just takes half a handful (0.3 oz) of peanuts or tree nuts daily. So it’s easy to add to your diet.

The researchers wrote, “Total nut intake was related to lower overall and cause-specific mortality (cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular, respiratory, neurodegenerative diseases, other causes) in men and women.”

Those are big benefits for very little (and pleasant) effort. Sorry, researchers say peanut butter doesn’t show any benefits. Partly because its high in salt and trans fat.

The researchers found a daily intake of nuts help lower your chance of dying from a chronic disease by 23%. More specifically:

•45% lower risk of neurodegenerative disease (e.g., Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s)

•39% lower risk of respiratory disease (e.g., bronchitis, asthma, COPD)

•30% lower risk of diabetes

Whoever knew snacking was so good for you? So keep munching on those nuts. Just opt for the salt-free or low-salt variety.

Reference

http://ije.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/05/26/ije.dyv039.abstract