A new study published in BMC Medicine used data from 20 prospective studies and found that compared with people who ate the least nuts, those who ate the most reduced their risk for:
Researchers also found a 52 percent reduced risk for respiratory disease, 39 percent for diabetes, and 75 percent reduced risk for infectious disease in those who ate the most nuts. The majority of the reduction in risk was achieved by eating an average of about one ounce of nuts a day (around two dozen almonds or 15 pecan halves).
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If you aren’t allergic to nuts they are really only a benefit. Higher nut intakes can reduce triglycerides and cholesterol in the blood, and they are high in fiber, antioxidants, and polyunsaturated fats. Win, win.
So, next time you get a little hungry, reach for a snack that is both satisfying AND good for you.
Source: NY Times