Sometimes it feels like there aren’t enough hours in a day to get everything done. So instead of trying to make your day longer, why not extend your life by an extra couple of years?
That’s how long your lifespan may be increased by eating nuts regularly — one handful (or about 30 grams) five or more days a week.
In one major study after another, it’s been found that people who eat nuts tend to live longer and suffer fewer deaths from cancer, heart disease and respiratory disease.
For women, eating just two handfuls of nuts a week may extend their lives as much as by jogging four hours a week.
Harvard University researchers found that women at high risk of heart disease who had a tablespoon of peanut butter five or more days a week appeared to nearly halve their risk of suffering a heart attack compared with women who ate one serving or less per week.
And adolescent girls who consumed just one or more servings of peanuts a week appeared to have significantly lower risk of developing lumpy breasts, which can be a marker for increased breast cancer risk.
Won’t nuts make you fat? To date, there have been about 20 clinical trials on nuts and weight, and not a single one showed the weight gain you might expect.
The nut-eaters — each of whom ate a handful or two a day — either had less weight gain than predicted, no weight gain at all, or actually lost weight.
In one trial, for instance, participants who ate up to 120 pistachios every day for three months didn’t appear to gain an ounce.
How could 30,000 calories vanish into thin air? One theory is that many of the cell walls of nuts pass undigested through the gastrointestinal tract — accounting for 10 per cent of the disappearing calories.
The fact that nuts can make you feel full faster than some other foods probably accounts for about 70 per cent of the rest.
And the remaining 20 per cent? The answer appears to lie in the ability of nuts to boost metabolism — so when you eat nuts, you burn more of your own fat.
Researchers have found that within an eight-hour period, people eating an average diet burned off about 20 grams of fat.
But when walnuts were included in the diet, they burned off about 31 grams of fat. Source: Daily Mail