The study, “Association of Nut Consumption with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality” tracked almost 119,000 men and women from the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health professionals Follow-up Study for a 30-year period, and used multivariate analysis, making it the largest and strongest study to date looking at death from all causes and nut consumption. It was conducted jointly by Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, and Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center at Indiana University.
In looking at specific causes of death, eating peanuts daily reduced the risk of dying from heart disease by 29% and cancer by 11%, compared to those who never ate peanuts or nuts. They also found eating an ounce of peanuts at least twice a week increased longevity and reduced death from diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, stroke, infection, kidney disease, and respiratory diseases.
Printable key facts from the study.
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