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!
Harvard researchers followed 119,000 participants for 30 years. What they found was those who consumed nuts every day were 20 percent less likely to die compared to participants who never consumed nuts.
Amongst daily nut eaters, the risk of cardiovascular related deaths was reduced by 29 percent. There was also an 11 percent less risk of cancer-related deaths.
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 ate them were slimmer than non-nut eaters, possibly because of their 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, including pistachios, almonds, walnuts, chestnuts, hazelnuts and more.