Consumption of nuts may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and premature death, according to a new analysis of 20 studies, published in BMC Medicine.
It linked consumption of just 1 ounce of nuts (tree nuts or peanuts) a day to a 29 percent decreased risk of heart disease and a 15 percent lower risk of cancer. Moreover, compared to people who ate little or no nuts, those eating an ounce a day had 22 percent lower all-cause mortality rates, with the biggest drops seen for deaths from infectious diseases, respiratory illnesses, and diabetes.
Nut intakes greater than an ounce a day brought modest additional decreases in risk.
Also see The Good News About Nuts.