A study published online today in the New England Journal of Medicine looked at the lifespan of many nut-eaters. By observing around 120,000 men and women who regularly consumed nuts over 30 years, they hoped to evaluate the effect of nut consumption in relation to mortality. It was seen that eating nuts was associated with lower levels of cholesterol, insulin resistance, inflammation, hypertension and even colon cancer. The results also showed lowered death rates from heart disease and cancer. The study did not look at how nuts were prepared (salted, roasted, raw) before consumption but it would be wiser to chose options lower in sugar and salt. What are your thoughts on these new findings? Do you believe this research strengthens your current recommendations of switching  from a bag of chips to a handful of nuts?

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