Longevity increases with nut consumption
The longest-lived people around the world eat the most nuts and remain lean.
The 2013 PREDIMED Study from Spain evaluated 7,216 men and women aged 55-80 eating the healthy Mediterranean diet rich in extra virgin olive oil and nuts. They found those eating more than three servings of nuts per week had a significant 39% ‘lower all-cause mortality risk’ of death, cancer or heart disease, compared to those not eating nuts.
“Quite how nuts are able prevent premature mortality is not entirely clear, nor why walnut should be better for you than other nuts. Walnuts have particularly high content of alpha-linoleic acid and phytochemicals, especially in their ‘skin’ both of which, along with fibre and minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium, may contribute to their healthy effect”
Professor Jordi Salas-Salvadó, from the Universitat Rovira i Virgili.