Heart disease and cancer cut by nut intake

Heart disease and cancer cut by nut intake

Nut intake has been shown many times to increase longevity and lower disease. 

Just another good reason to replace animal proteins and fats with nut proteins and fats…

“There’s a general perception that if you eat more nuts you’re going to get fat.  Our results show the opposite.  I’m very confident the observations reflect a true benefit.  We did so many analyses, very sophisticated ones to eliminate other possible explanations.  In all these analyses, the more nuts people ate; the less likely they were to die over the 30-year follow-up period”
Study co-author Dr Ying Bao, of Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, November 2013.

This new 30-year Harvard study tracked 119,000 men and women and found:

  1. Those who ate nuts daily reduced their risk of death by 20%
  2. The risk of dying of heart disease dropped 29%
  3. Eating nuts daily “dramatically lowered cancer risk

The most obvious benefit was a reduction of 29% in deaths from heart disease, the major killer of people in America.  We also saw a significant reduction, 11%, in the risk of dying from cancer.  Even after adjusting for lifestyle choices, we definitely see that people who eat nuts tend to be thinner and are less likely to be obese.  In fact, one might argue that nuts are probably a very good source of calories, namely, calories that don’t seem to contribute to obesity.  The benefit really seems to span across nuts.  We did look at subtypes of nuts, but I can tell you that we really don’t see a difference between the various nut types so peanuts as opposed to other nuts seemed to confer the same benefit in reducing mortality”
Study author Dr. Charles Fuchs, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, November 2013.

“Nuts used to be demonized because they’re high in fat.  Now, 20 years later, they’re recognized as a healthful food”
Jeffrey Blumberg, USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston, November 2013.

“We’re seeing benefits of nut consumption on cardiovascular disease as well as body weight and diabetes”
Penny Kris-Etherton, a Pennsylvania State University nutrition scientist, at a heart association conference in Dallas, November 2013.

Study by Bao Y, et al “Association of nut consumption with total and cause-specific mortality” as published in the New England Journal of Medicine on November 21, 2013; DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1307352.  Also, study by Y Bao, F B Hu, E L Giovannucci, et al “Nut consumption and risk of pancreatic cancer in women” as published in the British Journal of Cancer, 2013.  The researchers combined the Nurses’ Health Study on 76,464 female nurses and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study on 42,498 male health professionals.  The final analysis comprised 3,038,853 person-years of information.  After taking all other health aspects into account – such as weight, smoking, diabetes and exercise, researchers still saw a strong benefit from nuts.  The benefits were seen from all nuts including peanuts (actually a legume) and were not affected by the way nuts were prepared or eaten.  As reported by The New Zealand Herald, Reuters Health, The Associated Press, The Scotsman and MedPage Today on Thursday Nov 21, 2013 As reported by The Associated Press and Yahoo on November 20, 2013. 


Posted: Friday 22 November 2013