Eating Nuts Leads to Longer Duration of Life


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Almonds, cashews, peanuts, you name it. Either way, these nuts may lead to a longer life. A recent study shows that men and women who eat nuts daily are 20% less likely to die(during a 30 year period) than those who never eat nuts.

During a 30 year study by Harvard, 119,000 men and women had to fill out surveys on food and lifestyle habits every two to four years, including how often they ate 1 ounce of nuts.

This study was observational, but they did at least take into account many other variables, having the participants record them in the survey. Exercise, smoking, and weight were just a few that were recorded. When the variables were taken into account, the nuts still proved to reduce risk of death. For example, most smokers who ate nuts lived longer than smokers who didn't.
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The problem with this study is that people have to recall how often they ate nuts in a two or even four year span and that is very difficult to estimate. They could have bettered this study by making them record what they ate eat day and how much, so they could accurately account for the amount of nuts that they ate.

I like eating nuts, but I do not have them often at all. My mom is a vegetarian, so she always eats nuts and is still in very good health, so maybe I should take a lesson from her. Benefits of Eating Nuts

Now just because they ate nuts more often and some variables were accounted for, this does not rule out third variables. Maybe constantly choosing nuts as a snack as opposed to candy over 30 years really helps maintain good health. How do you feel about this study? And what other third variables may not have been accounted for?

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I definitely think more research needs to be taken in account for this whole nut theory. I mean, it is a possibility, but I don't believe any new study that claims "it will make you live longer" or "it will probably cause cancer" because there is always another theory that proves it's hypothesis false. For example, how many times have you heard "splenda reduces your life" or "its a good alternative to extend your life" or "diet soda is good for you", and then the next month it's the next deathly substance. They cannot prove these things without an extremely long term study on multiple people. While recent studies do prove that nuts can enhance your life and reduce chances of heart disease, etc. I did come across information explaining "nuts do not promote weight loss, and instead will cause you to gain weight" on this website http://www.vegsource.com/news/2012/08/nuts-weight-gain-its-worse-than-we-thought.html Although there has been many studies explained on CNN http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/21/health/nuts-longevity-time/, USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/20/harvard-long-life-nuts/3654717/, and US News http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/11/21/go-nuts-eating-them-could-help-you-live-longer all agreeing with your concept. Although, I wouldn't be surprised if next year they come up with a study explaining that nuts are the next cause of cancer...

Great post Zach, I love eating cashews and i'm glad that it can lead to a longer life.

I have read this before that eating more nuts can improve general health and help lead to a longer life. For example, I try to eat almonds in the morning for breakfast because they help speed up metabolism and help lower cholesterol (http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=20). Most nuts are also high in protein which sometimes people forget to incorporate into their diets. I think that it would be a responsible decision for everyone to try to incorporate even a small portion of nuts into their daily dietary intake.

When I read this article I also thought of my mom. She loves cashews. I really thought this interesting how nuts lead to a longer life. I think its important to factor in other effects of nuts, such as beauty. This article talks about different nuts and what they do to your skin and body. http://www.askmen.com/sports/foodcourt_100/100b_eating_well.html

When I read this article I also thought of my mom. She loves cashews. I really thought this interesting how nuts lead to a longer life. I think its important to factor in other effects of nuts, such as beauty. This article talks about different nuts and what they do to your skin and body. http://www.askmen.com/sports/foodcourt_100/100b_eating_well.html

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