Thursday, December 5, 2013

Ying Bao Says Eat Nuts

A Harvard study has found that consuming nuts on a regular basis can reduce a person’s risk of dying from heart disease and cancer, reports The Harvard Crimson.

The Crimson continues:
The study was published on Nov. 21 in the New England Journal of Medicine and was conducted by researchers from the Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

According to lead researcher Ying Bao, a Brigham epidemiologist, previous studies have not examined the relationship between cancer and nut consumption. Yao [sic]said her study fills a gap in previous knowledge and is the first to not only link nut consumption with a lower risk of cancer, but also to look at the effect of peanuts, which are technically legumes, on mortality.

“We were particularly interested in the relationship between nut consumption and many specific causes of mortality, like heart disease, cancer, infection, and diabetes,” Bao said. “Previous studies have often only looked at one cause in particular, which usually is heart disease.”

The data, gathered over thirty years of extensive research and experiments, is based on a participant pool of around 118,000 healthy volunteers.

Volunteers who consistently consumed a one-ounce daily serving of nuts for seven days a week were 25 percent less likely to die from heart disease, 20 percent less likely to die from lung disease and diabetes, and 10 percent less likely to die from cancer. Subjects consumed a variety of nuts, including both peanuts and “tree nuts,” such as walnuts, cashews, and almonds[...]

Though the research found a relationship between nut consumption and mortality from certain diseases, Bao said it is actually unclear why exactly nuts are beneficial.


  1. The benefit is from fat. Our fetish with low fat is not healthy. Tree nuts, that is, peanuts and cashews do not come from trees.

  2. Damn! I just sold mine for 35k each...

  3. Sorry, but this is very old news to anyone interested in holistic health. Basically, various nuts contain minerals, etc., plus essential fats/oils, that have huge health benefits. Walnuts and Brazil nuts, have shown particular benefits re prostate cancer.