July 15, 2013
Researchers say they’ve cracked the secret to a longer
People who eat nuts, particularly walnuts, are more
likely to live longer, researchers have claimed.
A Spanish study of 7,000 over-55s suggests
that those who eat nuts more than three times a week have a reduced
risk of dying from cancer or cardiovascular
disease than those who didn’t eat nuts.
Participants placed on a Mediterranean Diet
supplemented with extra virgin olive oil or nuts were compared to a
control group following a low fat diet.
Researchers found, in the group who ate the
most nuts, there were fewer people with type 2 diabetes or taking medicine for high blood pressure. Overall, nut eaters had a
39 per cent lower mortality risk and walnut eaters 45 per cent
Compared to snacks high in saturated fat, like chocolate or biscuits, a portion of unsalted nuts is a nutritious switch
our Senior Dietitian, said: “Nuts can provide us with ‘good’
, minerals and other
nutrients. Compared to snacks high in saturated fat, like chocolate
or biscuits, a portion of unsalted nuts is a nutritious switch that
could benefit your heart health.
“However, further research is needed to see
why this link was found between nuts and heart health. This study
focused on over-55s in Spain and we don’t know if the benefit of
walnuts in the Mediterranean would translate over to British
“While a handful of unsalted nuts may be a
healthy alternative to other snacks, remember to keep an eye on
your portion sizes, especially if you’re watching your weight. All
fats, even the healthier ones in nuts, are high in energy so should
only be eaten in small amounts.”
The research was published in BMC