Are you nutty enough?

Many people are weary about the amount of nuts they incorporate in their diet because of their fat content. Recent reputable studies shed new light on this topic and give good reason for us to be less paranoid about nuts.

One large-scale, 30-year long Harvard study found that people who ate a small handful (approximately one ounce or 28 grams) of nuts seven times per week or more were 20 percent less likely to die for any reason, compared to those who avoided nuts. As reported by the Washington Post:

“Even those who ate nuts less than once a week had a seven percent reduction in risk. Consuming nuts at least five times a week corresponded to a 29 percent drop in mortality risk for heart disease, a 24 percent decline for respiratory disease and an 11 percent drop for cancer.”

Previously is has been found People who ate at least 10 grams (1/3 oz) of nuts per day had an average 23 percent reduced risk of death due to cancer, diabetes, and respiratory and neurodegenerative diseases during a decade-long study. Most nuts’ nutritional makeup closely resemble an ideal ratio of the basic building blocks—fat making up the greatest amount, followed by a moderate amount of protein and a low amount of non-vegetable carbs

So don’t be afraid to get a little nutty.