Beacon Transcript – A new study has concluded that a handful of nuts may actually be beneficial to a person’s general health as a daily quantity could reduce the risks of premature death.
The study was published earlier this week, on December 5, in the BMC Medicine Journal. It was co-authored by an Imperial College London, United Kingdom researcher, Dagfinn Aune.
Research was based on data gathered from a number of 29 other previously published studies in this area of expertise.
The 29 studies included data on 819,000 participants, out of which over 85,000 died. The causes of death varied, with most cases, 18,000, being related to cardiovascular diseases or cancer.
A further 9,000 deaths were caused by strokes and 12,000 cases involved coronary heart disease.
As the researchers analyzed the said data, further studies revealed that just a handful of nuts could lead to a 20 percent reduction of the premature death risks.
The study’s target was to analyze the effects of eating a daily quantity of 200 grams of nuts.
Based on the aforementioned data, it was discovered that whilst the average benefit percentage is of about 20 percent, it varies according to the potential affection.
The daily handful of nuts was observed to lead to a 30 percent reduction in the risk of coronary heart disease.
Whilst the risk of cancer was reduced by 15 percent, the general premature death risk was reduced by 22 percent.
Diabetes risk rates also seem to have been reduced by 40 percent, as the risk of respiratory disease was lowered by up to 50 percent.
However, the research draws attention to the fact that data in regards to nuts and the lastly mentioned diseases is somewhat lacking. There are not too many studies to compare nut consumption to diabetes or respiratory diseases.
In conducting the study, the researchers also noticed that the benefit percentages vary according to various factors.
These factors include the person’s gender and also their regional area. Still, the daily handful of nuts was seen to bring benefits in most of the studied groups.
According to the study co-author, Aune, the consistent risk reductions across the various diseases seems to confirm the theory.
As such, Aune points out that the percentages strongly indicate towards a relation between daily nut consumption and its health outcomes.
The effects also seem to be quite significant, especially considering the small 20-grams nut quantity.
The co-author linked the health benefits to the nutritional value of nuts. Peanuts and nuts in general are rich in magnesium, polyunsaturated fats, and fibers.
These are all nutrients that are beneficial in the reduction of cholesterol levels as they cut the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Specific nuts, such as pecan and walnut subtypes, also contain antioxidants, which could help fight oxidative stress and help lower cancer risks.
Nuts are known or being high in fat levels, however, they also have high protein and fiber values. Some previous studies also seem to indicate that a daily handful of nuts may help reduce obesity risks.
Although the studied quantity seems quite small, the study showed that a higher quantity did not increase the percentages.
The team of scientists revealed that it plans to continue with similar studies. As such, they will be targeting the effects of fruit or vegetables on various diseases risk rates.
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