The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in November, found that rates of mortality decreased with each additional serving of nuts consumed on a daily and weekly basis, with one serving of nuts equaling 1oz.
When compared with participants who consumed nuts less frequently, those who consumed nuts more often were:
- less likely to smoke
- more likely to exercise
- more likely to use multivitamin supplements
They also consumed more fruits and vegetables and, interestingly, drank more alcohol.
According to the authors, the ingredients in nuts confer cardio-protective, antioxidant and anti-aging benefits. A Greens Plus Energy Bar or Protein Bar, each contain nearly 1oz of nuts per serving, would be a great addition to your diet.
For more information, check out this clever animation by Jeff Drazen, editor of the NEJM: