How to live longer: Snacking on this delicious food may lower the risk of serious diseases

How to live longer: Snacking on this delicious food may lower the risk of serious diseases

When it comes to who amongst us will live a long and healthy life, many factors can come into play. Genetics does indeed play a big role; however, leading health experts are all in agreement that what we put in our mouths will determine our life longevity. In particular, certain foods will not only play a pivotal role in longevity but will also help to reduce the risk of serious health complications. A no-brainer really – to live a healthy life, certain foods can help or hinder. According to numerous researches, eating almonds will help to increase life expectancy.

Dr Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public health said: “We found that people who ate nuts every day lived longer, healthier lives than people who didn’t eat nuts.”

The report, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that daily nut-eaters were less likely to die of cancer, heart disease and respiratory disease.

Overall, the daily nut-eaters were 20 percent less likely to have died during the course of the study than those who avoided nuts.

Nuts are nutrition powerhouses, in particular almonds.

They provide healthy fat, plant protein, antioxidants, key minerals, potassium, and magnesium.

One study tracked over 7,000 men and women for nearly five years and followed three different diets.

The diets included either a Mediterranean diet supplemented with nuts, the same diet supplemented with olive oil or a low-fat diet.


Compared to non-nut eaters, those who consumed more than three one-ounce servings of nuts per week had a 39 percent lower overall mortality risk.

Snacking on raw almonds at least twice is associated with a 17 percent lower risk of death from heart disease, according to preliminary August 2019 research presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology.

At 160 calories per serving, almonds contain about six grams of protein and four grams of fibre which is more than most other tree nuts.

Almonds are the nut highest in calcium, with 75 milligrams per ounce.

They are also believed to play a huge role in weight management, heart health and even diabetes prevention.

In another study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, a diet containing almonds helped improve insulin sensitivity in people with prediabetes.

The study also indicated that adding almonds to meals and snacks, healthy cholesterol levels were maintained.

Almonds are easy to incorporate into foods.

They are delicious on their own or can be added to salads, yoghurts or smoothies. 

Published at Mon, 11 May 2020 10:17:00 +0000