Nuts used to be considered high-risk snacks. That’s because they are high in fat. Cardiologists worried that regular nut consumption might clog coronary arteries.

A large study published in The New England Journal of Medicine finally puts that fear to rest once and for all. Epidemiologists analyzed data from the Nurses Health Study and the Health Professionals’ Follow-Up Study. Over 100,000 participants in both groups completed food questionnaires every two to four years for decades.

In addition to other dietary information, participants were specifically asked about nut consumption. Those people who ate a handful of nuts daily had a 20% reduced mortality rate over three decades. They were also 11% less likely to die from cancer and 29% less likely to die from heart disease over the 30-year period.

[New England Journal of Medicine, Nov. 21, 2013]

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  1. Pestalozzi P.
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    heard show on SAT 12/7/13 on SC NPR station(s) via Internet Radio — subject was ‘nuts’ which I found interesting, HOWEVER I am MOST interested in something the Dr being interviewed mentioned almost in passing — instead of sitting in front of TV with can of salted nuts & six-pack, he would have his favorite —GYPSY SOUP — sounded FANTASTIC!!!!
    have searched the web-site here all to no avail!!!!
    HELP —- didn’t get the Dr’s name but would love to get the recipe!!!
    Pete
    People’s Pharmacy response: The guest was Dr. Christopher Gardner. The recipe is too long to include in this email, but it is available in our (modestly priced) book, Recipes & Remedies From The People’s Pharmacy. We originally developed the book as a premium for the public radio stations to use in their fundraisers. Here’s more info: http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/recipesandremedies/

  2. Peppy
    Reply

    What about the Ornish, Esselstyn and other vegan heart diets that are supposed to reverse heart disease? I have followed these for years and now this information is available. Makes me doubt these diets.

  3. JF
    Reply

    I used to always eat nuts (almonds, walnuts) but since May when I was diagnosed with diverticulois, I was told not to have any nuts, peanuts, popcorn or any seeds… This has really been difficult for me as I have eliminated all nuts and lots of fruits and vegetables because of the seeds. What advice to you have for me? The pain was unbearable and I do not ever wish to have it again. Thank You,

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