Eating nuts has a beneficial impact on health. The thesis, which emerged in the early 1990s, was recently confirmed by a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The consumption of nuts, affirmed the researchers, is associated with a reduction in risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as Type 2 diabetes.
The conclusion is the result of the observation of quality of life of 119,000 individuals over 30 years. Through evaluating eating habits and health, the academics were able to see greater longevity in those who habitually enrich their diets with nuts, like hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, pine nuts, cashews and pistachios.
The advantages of the presence of nuts in regular eating habits is significant. At the end of the period (1980-2010), those who ate nuts seven or more times per week saw a 20% drop in mortality, while those who consumed them less than once every seven days also had a survival rate of 11% compared to subjects who did not eat them at all.
Rich in calories and healthy fats, eating nuts in moderation as snacks without added salt, or oils is clearly a wise choice.