Eating Nuts Linked to 20% Cut in Death Rates

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Another health benefit to adding nuts to your diet. You could live longer. That’s good enough for me.

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Eating nuts and peanuts was associated with a reduced risk of overall death and death from cardiovascular disease across different ethnic groups and among individuals with low socioeconomic status, which suggests that peanuts, because of their affordability, may be a cost-effective measure to improve cardiovascular health, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.

Nuts are rich in nutrients and peanuts, although classified as legumes, have nutrients similar to tree nuts. Peanuts are included as nuts in many epidemiologic studies. Evidence suggests that nuts may be beneficial with respect to coronary heart disease, according to the study background.

Xiao-Ou Shu, M.D., Ph.D., of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, and coauthors sought to examine the association between nut/peanut consumption and mortality.

The authors analyzed three large study groups involving 71,764 low-income black and white men and women living in the southeastern United States and 134,265 Chinese men…

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