Need some healthy snack ideas
? Help yourself to a handful of nuts. In the largest study of its kind, a diet rich in nuts was associated with a host of health benefits including reduced death rates, say scientists from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and the Harvard School of Public Health.
And the variety of nuts you eat doesn't seem to make a difference -- the benefits appeared to be similar whether it's peanuts or "tree nuts" such as walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, cashews, macadamias and pistachios.
Here are their findings on the benefits of nuts -- in a nutshell:
People who ate a daily handful of nuts were 20 percent
less likely to die from any cause over a 30-year period, compared to those who didn't consume nuts.
People who ate a lot of nuts were found to be less likely to put on weight
than those who didn't eat nuts.
People who reported eating nuts at least five times per week were 29 percent
less likely to die of heart disease, than those who avoided nuts.
Regular nut consumption was linked to a 11 percent
reduction in the risk of dying from cancer.
People who consumed nuts at least five times a week were also 24 percent
less likely to die of respiratory conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.