According to a 30-year research study from Harvard University, a small but powerful food can help you avoid cardiovascular diseases, cancer, type 2 diabetes and even death.
This snack might also help evade those unavoidable extra pounds during the holiday season.
And best of all… it’s sooo good!
The Harvard researchers followed 119,000 study participants for 30 years. What they found was those who consumed nuts every day were 20 percent less likely to die compared to study participants who never consumed nuts.
They were, in fact, less likely to die of any cause!
The risk of cardiovascular related deaths was reduced 29 percent, as well as an 11 percent reduction of cancer-related deaths in the group that ate nuts seven times a week, compared to the ones that never ate nuts.
The general opinion is that because nuts are loaded with certain fats they contribute to weight gain. However, the study also proved that participants who often enjoyed this healthy snack were much slimmer than the ones that didn’t eat nuts.
Researchers can’t exactly point out the reason why nuts are so healthy. It might be their rich content in unsaturated fatty acids, minerals and vitamins.
Many previous studies have shown that nuts have cholesterol- and inflammation-lowering abilities as well.
The American Heart Association recommends at least four servings of unsalted, sugar-free nuts a week.
All kinds of tree nuts are beneficial to our health. That includes pistachios, almonds, walnuts, chestnuts, hazelnuts and many more.