Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Nutty goodness

Jane E. Brody, New York Times, riffed off the other day on nuts.

When you stop to think of it, a nut is a seed for a big tree and a plant--it contains the nutrients that tree or plant will need to grow. Some of this giant nutrient package is also good for humans.

Since the 1990s, studies have revealed nuts as a powerhouse. The newest study (NEJM) followed 119,000 men and women for decades. They compared nut-eaters to non-nut eaters, basically.

The more nuts that were consumed, the less likely the participants were to die of cancer, heart disease, and respiratory diseases. Their death rates, in fact, were lower of all causes during the years that followed.

Those who ate nuts seven or more times a week were 20% less likely to die between 1980 and 2010...once a week, 11% less likely.

The more often people ate nuts, the leaner they were likely to be, too.

Nuts have calories, of course, quite a few. But if you eat nuts, you are less like to eat chips and other empty calorie foods. A small amount of nuts is filling.

All this applied to peanuts, as well--not just tree nuts.

Nuts are packed with unsaturated fat, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, Vitamin E, and fiber, to name a few things.

You can add nuts to hot and cold cereals, eat peanut butter on toast for breakfast, put them in stir fries, toss them over ice cream and into other desserts.

Nuts rule!

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