Study reveals daily nut consumption reduces death rate.

nut picturesA new study has revealed that it’s not only an apple a day that keeps the doctor away. The largest study of its kind reveals that daily nut lowers mortality rate. The results were not confined to a particular nut and the reduction in mortality was similar both for peanuts and for “tree nuts” — walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, macadamias, pecans, cashews, and pine nuts.

The released by the Dana-Farber , ’s Hospital, and the was published in the New . Regular nut-eaters were also found to be more slender than those who didn’t eat nuts. The study examined the effects of nut of 76,464 women between 1980 and 2010, and 42,498 men from 1986 to 2010. Participants in the studies filled out detailed food every two to four years. With each food questionnaire, participants were asked to estimate how often they consumed nuts in a serving size of one ounce.

“The most obvious benefit was a reduction of 29 percent in deaths from heart disease — the major killer of people in America,” said Charles S. Fuchs, MD, MPH, director of the at Dana-Farber, who is the senior author of the report. “But we also saw a significant reduction — 11 percent — in the risk of dying from cancer,” added Fuchs, who is also affiliated with the Channing Division of Network Medicine at ’s.

“In all these analyses, the more nuts people ate, the less likely they were to die over the 30-year follow-up period,” explained Ying Bao, MD, , of ’s Hospital, first author of the report. Those who ate nuts less than once a week had a seven percent reduction in mortality; once a week, 11 percent reduction; two to four times per week, 13 percent reduction; five to six times per week, 15 percent reduction, and seven or more times a week, a 20 percent reduction in death rate.

Source

Ying Bao, Jiali Han, Frank B. Hu, Edward L. Giovannucci, Meir J. Stampfer, Walter C. Willett, Charles S. Fuchs. Association of Nut with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality. New , 2013; 369 (21): 2001 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1307352

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