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New study links nut consumption with longer life

November 21, 2013

New study links nut consumption with longer life

The scientists also separated out peanuts from tree nuts and found the same benefits.

A new study funded by the International Tree Nut Council has linked eating nuts with a drop in mortality in both men and women. The study examined over 75,000 women and 40,000 men. Eating nuts, including tree nuts, was inversely related to total mortality rates, the researchers reveal in a press release obtained by EurekAlert. Tree nuts include almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts. The study took into account other risk factors, and even found that nut consumption led to a drop in deaths from heart disease and cancer.

The scientists also separated out peanuts from tree nuts and found the same benefits. “Compared with those who did not eat nuts, individuals who consumed nuts (serving size of one ounce) seven or more times per week had a 20 percent lower death rate and this association was dose-dependent,” stated lead author, Ying Bao, MD, ScD, in the press release. “Those who consumed more nuts were also leaner, and tended to have a healthy lifestyle, such as smoking less and exercising more.”

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