We love miracle foods that work wonders on our body—promising improved memory, better vision, silkier hair. Finding out just a handful of one could significantly reduce our risk for heart disease, respiratory illness, and even cancer? Consider it an immediate addition to our diet with no looking back.
Th journal BMC Medicine recently published a report that combined data from 20 prospective studies analyzing nuts and health outcomes. The findings? The New York Times highlighted the alarming results, writing that compared to those who ate the fewest nuts, those who ate the most reduced their risk for cancer by 15%, cardiovascular disease by 21%, coronary heart disease by 29%, respiratory disease by 52%, and diabetes by 75%. How much nut consumption was necessary to achieve these results? The study indicates that the risk reduction was an outcome of eating an average of just one ounce of nuts a day, and consumption beyond that did little to better the numbers.
The lead author of the study, Dagfinn Aune, a research fellow at Imperial College of London, explained these findings: "It has been shown in randomized trials that higher nut intake can reduce triglycerides and cholesterol in the blood and nuts are high in fiber, antioxidants, and polyunsaturated fats."
As long as you're not allergic to nuts, this minor dietary adjustment could have a great impact on your health. So grab a handful and get snacking to a healthier you.