© markara/iStock/Getty Images Eating a handful of nuts each day could help you live longerA sweeping analysis of current research shows that people who eat at least 20g of nuts each day are less likely to develop potentially fatal conditions such as cancer and heart disease.New research published in BMC Medicine is highlighting the impressive health benefits from the regular consumption of nuts such as pecans, hazel nuts, walnuts and even peanuts (which are technically legumes). Eating just 20g of nuts each day was linked to a 30 per cent reduction in coronary heart disease, a 15 per cent reduction in cancer and a 22 per cent reduction in premature death. Nut consumption was also associated with a reduced risk of dying from respiratory disease and diabetes, although these correlations were weaker and involved smaller sample sizes.
Those are impressive numbers by any measure. Previous research managed to link nut consumption with a reduced risk of heart disease and “all cause mortality”, that is, literally any cause of death, but potential associations with more unusual causes of death had not been thoroughly studied.