Nuts are very delicious treaty and it is correlated with various health benefits starting from enhanced cognitive function to Alzheimer protection, and at the same time keeps your heart healthy. Currently, this list has been widened: consuming nuts lowers therisk of mortality and occurrence of chronic diseases, such as cancer,diabetes, respiratory disease, neurodegenerative disease, and heart disease, at least this is claimed in the published study in the International Journal of Epidemiology.
In this new study, researchers examined data from the Netherlands Cohort Study; including 120,000 Dutch with an age span of 55 to 69 yearsold, incorporating both genders,starting from 1986 up to present day. They made a survey of their nut intake by measuring portion size and the frequency at which the participants ate peanuts, peanut butter, and tree nuts.
This is what Professor Piet van den Brandt, the project leader and epidemiologist, said, quoting:
“It was remarkable that substantially lower mortality was already observed at consumption levels of 15 grams of nuts or peanuts on average per day (half a handful). A higher intake was not associated with further reduction in mortality risk. This was also supported by a meta-analysis of previously published studies together with the Netherlands Cohort Study, in which cancer and respiratory mortality showed this same dose-response pattern.”
However, it is important to specify that lower risk of mortality was present with the participants who ate pure peanuts than the ones who consumed peanut butter. The researchers revealed that there is no improvement among people who consumed peanut butter as it iscommonly consisted of non-healthy additives such as salt and vegetable oils. On the other hand, this was not the case with the participants consuming raw peanuts.
Nuts have numerous health benefits, including essential nutrients like fiber, minerals, protein, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, and antioxidants. A 2010 study showed that nut consumption is highly beneficial for the diabetes in women, coronary heart disease and gallstones in both genders and as well as for the regulation of cholesterol level.
But, it is actually this new study that first revealed that their benefits are of wide range like heart health and extremely effective forweight control and diabetes.
Brandt P, Schouten L. Relationship of tree nut, peanut, and peanut butter intake with total and cause-specific mortality: a cohort study and meta-analysis. International Journal of Epidemiology. 2015.