A new study from the Maastrich University in Netherlands has discovered that eating at least 10 grams of nuts or peanuts a day can lower the risk of death from several major diseases in comparison to those who do not. The reduction in fatalities was noticed more frequently in respiratory disease, neuro-degenerative disease, diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease respectively, the research reported.
The report that was published in the International Journal of Epidemiology was conducted in the Netherlands and included around 120,000 Dutch old men and women, age ranges from 55 to 69. It was a cohort study that has been running since 1986, almost twenty nine years ago – nearly a whole decade!
The subjects were analyzed by noting their nut consumption, portion size and frequency intake of peanuts, tree nuts and peanut butter. Results showed that there’s a strong fatality reduction in peanuts as well as tree nuts. However, if you are an avid lover of processed peanut butter there isn’t much health benefit from that!
“It was remarkable that substantially lower mortality was already observed at consumption levels of 15 grams of nuts and peanuts on average per day or around half a handful.” said project leader and epidemiologist Professor Piet van den Brandt
The various chemical compounds such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, variety of vitamins, fiber, antioxidants, and other bioactive compounds in both peanuts and tree nuts are possible contributors to the lower death rates, according to the researchers. However, eating the nuts in moderation is the key to gaining the health benefits as Professor Piet van den Brandt added that “a higher intake was not associated with further reduction in mortality risks.”