Nuts for Longer Life

Nuts are a rich source of nutrients and may be a health-protective food. Most early studies were done in white, high socioeconomic populations. Researchers have now found the same is true in lower socioeconomic, multi-ethinic populations in both the U.S. and China. Significantly reduced total mortality and death rates from cardiovascular disease in both males and females who ate the most…

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Pistachios Help Stress

Penn State researchers randomized two groups of type-2 diabetics to different diets. All consumed a heart healthy diet, but the experimental group's diet included 2 daily servings of pistachios.  Researchers provided all the meals for 4 weeks. The blood vessels of those eating the pistachios remained more relaxed and open during a cold water challenge and…

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To Eat or Not to Eat?

Pregnant mothers who consumed peanuts, peanut butter, and tree nuts gave birth to children who had fewer allergies. Offspring of mothers who ate 5 or more servings of nuts per month experienced 66% fewer nut allergies versus those whose mothers ate nuts less than once per month. It appears that early allergen exposure increases tolerance and…

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Nuts and Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer has a 5-year survival rate of only 6%. A 30 year follow-up of more than 75,000 women in the Nurses' Health Study found women who ate 2 or more servings (2 oz. or 56 g) of nuts per week experienced a 35% lower risk of pancreatic cancer, compared to those who ate few…

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Consuming Nuts Can Lower Risk of Death

Analysis of 75,000 women in the Nurses Health Study and more than 40,000 men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study revealed those who ate nuts once a week had a lower mortality rate than those who do not eat nuts. When nut consumption increased even more, mortality rate fell for both cancer and heart disease.…

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Olive Oil or Nuts May Protect Brain

A randomized, blinded trial in Spain has found that a Mediterranean diet supplemented with olive oil or mixed nuts may improve cognition compared with a low-fat diet. This study followed 522 adults at risk for vascular events for 6.5 years. Olive oil and nuts contain antioxidant properties that may protect against neurodegeneration caused by oxidative…

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Diet that Lowers Cholesterol as Good as Medication

Diet is an important part of healthful living. There are foods that hurt your health and foods that improve your health. What you choose to eat is just as important as what you chose NOT to eat. This is particularly true for foods that help control your cholesterol levels. Saturated fats in the diet are harmful…

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Plant-based Foods Reduce The Risk Childhood Obesity

A study of children and adolescents found a greater intake of whole grains, vegetables and nuts reduced the risk of excess weight by 41%, 40% and 33%, respectively.  Higher fat dairy products increased the risk of overweight and obesity by 36%. Nuts do have higher calories from fat but increases satiety and may decrease food intake…

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Potato Chips and Sugary Beverages are Culprits in Weight Gain

What foods are most strongly associated with weight gain? Is it really any surprise that in a 20 year study of more 120,000 participants, potato chips and sugar-sweetened beverages contributed 1.28 pounds and 1.00 pound of weight gain every four years? Yogurt, nuts, fruits, whole grains and vegetables were associated with significant weight loss over…

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Are Expensive Nutritional Supplements Really Needed?

A few weeks ago I received a very enthusiastic phone call from a person who expressed great enthusiasm for PositiveChoices.com. Of course, it is always nice to hear this kind of excitement! However, it wasn't long before he revealed the true purpose of his call. He wanted us to place a link to his website…

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