Benefits Of Nuts: Nuts And Peanuts Lowers Death Risk: Eating nuts has been associated with plenty of health benefits — from increased cognitive function to protection from Alzheimer’s, as well as keeping your heart healthy.

Now, scientists have added more benefits to that list: People who eat a lot of nuts might have a lower risk of mortality and developing chronic diseases, including respiratory disease, neurodegenerative disease, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, according to a new study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

Benefits Of Nuts :Peanuts
Benefits Of Nuts :Peanuts

In the study, researchers examined data from the Netherlands Cohort Study, which includes information about 120,000 Dutch 55- to 69-year-old men and women from 1986 to the present day. They measured nut intake by asking about portion size and the frequency at which the participants ate tree nuts, peanuts, and peanut butter.

“It was remarkable that substantially lower mortality was already observed at consumption levels of 15 grams of nuts or peanuts on average per day (half a handful),” Professor Piet van den Brandt, the project leader and epidemiologist, said in the press release.

“A higher intake was not associated with further reduction in mortality risk. This was also supported by a meta-analysis of previously published studies together with the Netherlands Cohort Study, in which cancer and respiratory mortality showed this same dose-response pattern.”

It turns out that eating pure peanuts instead of peanut butter is better: The researchers found no improvement among people who ate peanut butter, which typically contains non-healthy additives like salt and vegetable oils. But in those who ate peanuts, their mortality risk was lowered.