News In General, October 2017

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A daily handful of nuts is associated with lower mortality risk. Nuts are tiny nutritional powerhouses, which taste as good as they are for you. A combined analysis of data from studies totaling more than 35,000 participants has concluded that a daily handful of nuts not only delivers healthy nutrition, it might also help you live longer. Previous studies have demonstrated cardiovascular benets from eating nuts can improve cholesterol levels and blood vessel function. Nuts also have antioxidant and anti-inammatory eects and have been found to improve insulin resistance. Nuts are an excellent source of vitamin E and magnesium (nutrients that most Americans don’t get enough of ). Individuals consuming nuts also have higher intakes of folate, beta-carotene, Vitamin K, lutein, zeaxanthin, phosphorus, copper, potassium, selenium and zinc! Nuts are rich in unsaturated fats, but their blood-cholesterol benets exceed what would be expected from heart healthy fats alone. A daily serving of nuts-about an ounce, or medium handful- was associated with 39% lower risk of cardiovascular mortality. People who ate even a weekly serving of nuts were still at 7% lower risk. It was also found that a 27% lower risk of all-cause mortality was associated with daily nut consumption and 4% lower risk with weekly intake. Nuts are a concentrated source of calories, with about 160-200 calories per ounce. But studies have suggested that not all those calories may be absorbed by the body. A 2011 Harvard study actually found an inverse relationship between eating nuts and weight gain; nuts ranked second only to yogurt as food linked to weight loss. Instead of adding extra food, however, it’s always better to substitute a healthy choice like nuts for less-healthy options like cookies and chips. Choose whatever variety of nuts you like best! GOOD NEWS FOR NUT LOVERS

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