A study published online today in the New England Journal of Medicine looked at the lifespan of many nut-eaters. By observing around 120,000 men and women who regularly consumed nuts over 30 years, they hoped to evaluate the effect of nut consumption in relation to mortality. It was seen that eating nuts was associated with lower levels of cholesterol, insulin resistance, inflammation, hypertension and even colon cancer. The results also showed lowered death rates from heart disease and cancer. The study did not look at how nuts were prepared (salted, roasted, raw) before consumption but it would be wiser to chose options lower in sugar and salt. What are your thoughts on these new findings? Do you believe this research strengthens your current recommendations of switching from a bag of chips to a handful of nuts?
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Researchers are exploring the benefits of consuming a small portion of nuts per day with a low-calorie diet. There have been some speculation as to whether or not nut intake would increase the risk of obesity. However, studies have shown that incorporating nuts in diets may help improve high blood pressure, diabetes and lower the risk of death. Researchers and physicians recommend only a handful of nuts a day is needed to provide optimal health benefits. What other high fat foods do you routinely recommend to your patients?
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