When 3 p.m. rolls around and the vending machine calls, go for trail mix: Eating a handful of nuts every day could help you live a long, healthy life, according to new study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.
Scientists from Maastricht University in the Netherlands found that consuming a serving of nuts daily makes people 23 percent less likely to die in the next 10 years.
Both peanuts and tree nuts (i.e., walnuts, almonds, pecans, etc.) contain nutrients like fiber, antioxidants, various vitamins, and monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids; scientists say all of these boost your health—and in turn, help you live longer—by lowering your risk of a ton of illnesses: diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and respiratory disease, to name a few.
Unfortunately, this is not carte blanche to go to town with a jar of PB and a spoon: The added salt and oils in peanut butter can negate the increased-longevity effect, so it's best to nosh on raw versions of your favorite nuts.
When it comes to serving size, 10 to 15 grams is all it takes. That's equal to about a dozen almonds, around 10 cashews, or two tablespoons of peanuts. Eating more than that doesn't enhance the health benefits, and the fat and calories add up quickly—to stick to just a small handful. Good news, though: You'll get to nibble on more tomorrow. (And the next day, and the next...)
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