Why Eating Nuts Every Day Could Help You Live Longer

Avocados may be better than apples at keeping the doctor away, another food might actually give our favorite green fruit a run for its money: nuts.

Yes, we know that nuts are good for the heart in general, but what's their effect on specific diseases?

In a recent study, Maastricht University researchers kept track of 120,000 Dutch men and women between the ages of 55 and 69 for over 10 years. They found that those who ate about 10 grams of nuts every day were 23% more likely to avoid death from heart attacks, diabetes, respiratory failure, and even cancer.

And while peanuts were among the nuts associated with lower mortality rates, the scientists found no protective effect for peanut butter. So unfortunately, PB&Js probably won't help to lengthen your life.

No need to go nuts with the nuts, though: Eating more than 15 grams of nuts per day didn't seem help any more than 10 did.

Grab a handful of nuts everyday; it could help you fend off diseases. Seems like a no-brainer, huh?

Now this is news that's absolutely ... no, I won't say it.

(h/t NYDN)

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