Should you eat walnuts?

It turns out eating walnuts may improve longevity while cutting the risk of premature death. A study in Nutrients found that eating five or more servings of walnuts per week, or even just two to four times per week, was associated with lower odds for all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality, as well as with greater life expectancy, compared with not eating walnuts.

You should know that this study was funded by the California Walnut Commission, which may be why they didn’t mention that the health benefits of walnuts have been seen with other nuts.

Almonds, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, and pecans are quite heart-healthy. And peanuts, which are technically not a nut, but a legume, like beans, are heart-healthy.

Just remember that the heart-healthy benefits of nuts are canceled if they’re covered with chocolate, sugar, or salt.

One drawback to nuts is that they’re high in calories, so it’s important to limit portions.

But choosing nuts instead of a less healthy snack may just help you stick to a heart-healthy diet.

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