We’ll live longer and become leaner. Sounds nuts right? Not really. We already know that nuts contain minerals and nutrients that reduce cholesterol, inflammation, and other health issues. A recently published 30-year study found that those who regularly ate nuts were 20% less likely to die from diseases than those who didn’t eat them. They also found a direct correlation between consumption and health benefits: the more nuts a person consumed, the lower their risk for heart-disease, cancer, diabetes, and other fatal diseases.

Also…nut eaters stayed slimmer! Why? Researchers cannot yet soundly prove causality but speculate that people who eat more nuts may eat them with salads, which would add certain benefits. It could also be that when some people eat nuts, they are less likely to eat unhealthy foods. Whatever the explanation, the fact remains that people who ate nuts led healthier lifestyles.

I  get some of my healthy fats from nuts – almonds are my favorite. I also eat a lot of green veggies, protein (fish-also a source of healthy fats, beans), complex carbs (sweet potatoes, brown rice). Basically elements of the Mediterranean Diet, a diet known to reduce chances of diabetes and heart-related issues.

Please beware that peanut butter, nutella, etc. or junk food with “nut” attached to it don’t have the health benefits associated with nuts, because they are either over-processed and refined, or have a small amount of nuts mixed in with a whole lot of additives. And as always, beware of salt (an ounce of dry-roasted, salted peanuts has 192 milligrams of sodium)! Normal salt recommendations are 2300 mg/day, 1500 mg/day for black folks.

Ready to go nuts?!

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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