Study Links Nuts To Lower Heart Disease, Cancer Death Risk.
NBC Nightly News reported, “While they may not be a fountain of youth, the research from the New England Journal of Medicine suggests a handful or so of nuts every day could be a lifesaver.” Researchers at Dana-Farber, Harvard, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that “people who ate one ounce of nuts seven times a week were 20 percent less likely to die from a variety of causes: heart disease, stroke, cancer, respiratory illness, kidney disease and infection.”

CBS News Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (11/21) reports on its website that according to the authors, previous studies linked eating nuts with a smaller chance of developing diabetes, hypertension and other conditions. Meanwhile, “in 2003, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a health claim that eating 1.5 ounces of nuts a day as part of low fat and cholesterol diet may reduce the risk of heart disease.”

The AP Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (11/21, Marchione) reports that Dr. Ying Bao of Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, said, “There’s a general perception that if you eat more nuts you’re going to get fat. Our results show the opposite.” The piece notes that the study was sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research & Education Foundation.

The Boston Globe Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (11/21, Kotz) quotes senior study author Dr. Charles S. Fuchs, an oncologist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and a Harvard Medical School professor, who said, “The reduction in mortality was substantial. I think eating nuts is comparable to other potentially beneficial lifestyle measures like exercise and avoiding obesity and trans fats.”

Also reporting on the study are Reuters Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (11/21, Emery), Time Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (11/20), HealthDay Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (11/21), MedPage Today Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (11/21), Medscape Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (11/21), Forbes Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (11/20), BBC News Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (11/21, Gallagher), the Daily Telegraph (UK) Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (11/21, Collins), and the Daily Mail (UK) Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (11/21).