A newly published study from Boston has found that eating nuts reduces the risk of both cardiovascular disease mortality and all-cause mortality.Cardiovascular disease is the number-one cause of death in the U.S, claiming the lives of an average of 600,000 people annually. In addition, about 735,000 Americans suffer a heart attack every year.
Using food frequency questionnaires, researchers assessed the nut intake of 20,742 men between 1999 and 2002. After 9.6 years, 2,732 of the participants died.
The average nut consumption was one serving per week. After adjusting for a number of factors—including age, body mass index, alcohol and tobacco use, exercise, diet and presence of disease—the researchers concluded that there was an “inverse association between nut consumption and the risk of all-cause mortality and cardiovascular disease mortality…”
Hshieh TT, et al. Am J Clin Nutr. 2015 Feb;101(2):407-12.
Well here we are, slowly and finally debunking the ‘fats are evil’ nonsense that created a long surge of non-fat processed food mania, both unhealthful for consumers and profitable for the processed food industry. Now as this nonsensical no-fat era is gasping on life support, proof that tree nuts are quite healthy and promote longevity as well as disease resistance has come forth without much fanfare. After all, it’s not a patentable drug here; it’s food!
Of course, we’re not talking nuts roasted in unhealthful processed oils and salts. Time to try wholesome raw nuts, even better if possible, nuts in their shells.
Writing in Nature’s British Journal of Cancer, the team behind a new analysis reported that consumption of nuts – including tree nuts such as almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts – was found to be inversely associated with risk of pancreatic cancer, independent of other potential risk factors for pancreatic cancer.(more…)
Nuts and seeds are super healthy and most of us aren’t eating enough of them. They are a great natural source of vitamins, minerals, protein, fat, and fiber. I’ve been eating a ton of nuts and seeds as part of my anti-cancer diet since 2004.
Depending on whose list you read, the number one healthiest nut is either the almond or the walnut, but I’m not going to rank them, as this is not really a competition. The “healthiest nut” is the one with the nutrients your body needs most on a given day. Of course no one knows which one that is. So the best strategy is to eat a variety.
The Greeks called the walnut “the nut of Jupiter,” fit for the gods. Native to Persia, walnuts now come from California, which has over 122,000 acres of walnut trees. The tree itself is very hardy and is 15 years old before reaching full production. The average tree produces for 45 years.
Walnuts are high in unsaturated, fatty acids, iron, and B vitamins. The oil in walnuts has a tendency to absorb strong odors, so they should be kept in cold storage. Manufacturers of syrup toppings, ice cream, candy, casseroles and baking products all rely on walnuts.
Although many nuts have proven to be really beneficial to your health, studies are showing that walnuts contain almost twice as many antioxidants as other nuts. And that’s not just an interesting statistic — all of those antioxidants really do your body a lot of good. Below, we’ll take a look at two big stand-out benefits of walnuts. (more…)
1. Avocados: These little suckers are loaded with two nutrients that are KEY to killing belly fat: hunger-crushing fiber 11 to 17 grams per avocado!, and monounsaturated fats, which studies have shown to actually “spot reduce” belly fat. Zowie
2. Peanut Butter: Okay, not just peanut butter, but mostly any seeds and nuts and these are the best: pistachios, walnuts, almonds (or almond butter, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and flax seeds. Why? They keep you full and satisfied for long periods of time, and they’re stuffed with healthy, belly-burning fats and minerals (more…)
Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S., and doubles the risk of heart attack and stroke.1 However, type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle disease – our food choices can either prevent or promote insulin resistance and resultant diabetes.
Many conventional diabetes diets rely on meat or grains as the major calorie source. However, these strategies have serious drawbacks (read more on Diseaseproof.com). High-nutrient, low glycemic load (GL) foods are the optimal foods for diabetics, and these foods also help to prevent diabetes in the first place: (more…)
The brain is without question the most important, and yet least understood, of all the parts of the body. It controls every major function performed by the body, and its correct functioning is undoubtedly one of the crucial parts of having successful and happy life. However, due to the complexity of the brain, there are many things that can go wrong with it, and there are also many lifestyle factors that influence its performance. Food is one of the primary factors in optimizing brain function and preventing brain disease, and yet many people are unaware of exactly what foods they should be eating for these purposes.
Here is a list of the ten best brain foods, and why they work. (more…)