New Study: Health Benefits of Eating Nuts

Check out this article regarding a recent study about the health benefits of eating nuts, including our favorite tree nut, pecans!

Nuts for you: New study finds eating nuts regularly seems to extend life span.

By: Linda Searing, Published: November 21

The Question: Numerous studies have found that some foods seem to increase logevity for people who eat them regularly.  Might nuts also have this effect?

This Study analyzed data on 118 men and women who had never had cancer, heart disease or stroke. Over a span of nearly 30 years, 27,429 of them died. Those who ate a one-ounce serving of nuts – roughly a small handful – seven or more times per week were 20 percent less likely to have dies for any reason than those who never ate nuts. Even those who ate nuts less than once a week had a 7 percent reduction in risk. Consuming nuts at least five times per 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.

Who May Be Affected? Adults. The health benefits of nuts have been attributed to their nutritional makeup, which is rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, unsaturated fatty acids, antioxidants and more. Nuts have been found in some studies to be helpful in preventing heart disease and diabetes.

Caveats: Data on nut consumption came from the participants’ responses on questionnaires every two – four years. All types of nuts were included – peanuts as well as tree nuts; however, the data did not include how the nuts were prepared (salted, roasted or raw, for example) and the findings did not differentiate by type of nut. The study was funded in part by the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research and Education Foundation.

Find this study: Nov. 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine

Learn more about the heart healthy benefits of nut consumption at www.mayoclinic.com (search “nuts” Learn about healthy eating in general at www.choosemyplate.gov.

The research described in Quick Study comes from credible, peer-reviewed journals. Nonetheless, conclusive evidence about a treatment’s effectiveness is rarely found in a single study.  Anyone considering changing or beginning treatment of any kind should consult with a physician.

 

 

NPR: Randy Hudson Discusses Pecans

Our own Randy Hudson, a fourth generation pecan farmer with Hudson Pecan and current vice-president of the National Pecan Grower’s Council,  spoke with NPR’s “All Things Considered” recently about pecans, this years’ crop and of course… the many variations of how people pronounce the word “pecan.”  Any way you say it, everyone knows you’re referring to the southern nut that is delicious straight of the shell, roasted, or added to your favorite dish –  savory or sweet.  Listen in to Randy’s conversation with NPR here.