Growing up, you were always told that "an apple a day keeps the doctor away".
But for 2017, get ready to switch things up.
Apples are still packed with nutrients, vitamins and minerals. But there might be an even better daily snack to supercharge your health and boost your immunity.
Recently, researchers at Imperial College London did a large analysis on the health benefits of tree nuts. Their team examined 29 published studies from around the world that involved up to 819,000 participants.
Among those 819,000 people were more than 12,000 cases of coronary heart disease … 9,000 cases of stroke … 18,000 cases of cardiovascular disease and cancer … and more than 85,000 deaths.
The Imperial College team discovered something that may sound a little "nutty" at first …
They found that 20 grams a day of nuts — equivalent to a round handful — can reduce your risk of cancer by 15% … risk of coronary heart disease by 30% … and your risk of premature death by 22%.
The London college also found eating a handful of nuts a day reduced your risk of dying from respiratory disease by 50%, and diabetes by almost 40%.
In other words, not only could adding some nuts to your daily diet improve your quality of life … but this simple snack can also help you to extend those years.
These are some pretty remarkable statistics when all that’s being added into your diet is a small handful of nuts.
Think about that …
In under a minute a day, you can reduce your risk for some of the deadliest diseases known to man!
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Study co-author Dagfinn Aune said,
"We found a consistent reduction in risk across many different diseases, which is a strong indication that there is a real underlying relationship between nut consumption and different health outcomes. It’s quite a substantial effect for such a small amount of food."
Nuts such as hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds and cashews are loaded with fiber, magnesium and beneficial fats.
Aune added that,
"Some nuts, particularly walnuts and pecan nuts, are also high in antioxidants, which can fight oxidative stress and possibly reduce cancer risk.
"Even though nuts are quite high in fat, they are also high in fiber and protein, and there is some evidence that suggests nuts might actually reduce your risk of obesity over time."
These results and proven health benefits would surely be welcome in all of our diets. (You may wish to check with your doctor first to make sure you don’t have a nut allergy.)
But as with any changes you make to your regular "healthy" routine, you should be careful not to overdo it.
Because nuts are so nutrient- and fat-dense, it’s easy to turn one handful into five. This can become a caloric nightmare if you’re not careful.
So stick to one small handful daily as a quick snack, and you can still reap all those big benefits that nuts have to offer.
Do you already include nuts in your diet and, if so, what kind?
Are you thinking of adding them into your diet now?
If you, please leave a comment in the comment section below!
Happy and Healthy Investing,