Eating for Health

Published on December 10th, 2013 | by Becky Striepe


Healthy Foods: Eat More Nuts!

Healthy Foods: Eat More Nuts!

You probably already knew that nuts were pretty high on the list of healthy foods, but there’s new research to back that up even more.

Two long-term studies showed that people who eat more nuts (haha, I know!) tend to live longer and were less likely to struggle with diseases like cancer, heart disease, and respiratory disease.

Big thanks to the folks at Honey Colony for sharing a link to this study on our Facebook page!

The first study – The Nurses’ Health Study – looked at 76,464 women from 1980 to 2010. The Health Professionals Follow-Up Study tracked 42,498 men from 1986-2010. That’s a combined 118,962 people total that recorded their food habits for three decades, and the researchers found that regardless of gender, the more nuts in a person’s diet, the healthier they were.

The study got funding from both the National Institutes of Health and from the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research and Education Foundation, so you might want to take these results with a grain of salt, right? I’m not inclined to totally trust any study that gets funding from a group that stands to profit from the results. Still, there’s a lot of other research pointing to the health benefits of nuts, so it can’t hurt to have a handful or two a day.

Healthy Foods: Nutty Recipes

My favorite way to get nuts into my diet (hahaha) is to eat a handful of cashews as a snack or have a banana with peanut butter, but there are also some delicious ways to sneak nuts (har har) into your diet. Check out these healthy foods!

What are your favorite ways to include a serving of nuts in your cooking? Let’s talk healthy foods in the comments!

Image Credit: Cashews photo via Shutterstock

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

3 Responses to Healthy Foods: Eat More Nuts!

  1. I find nuts extremely durable (snigger) and handy for all sorts of cooking. It’s true that many recipes that traditionally use things like dairy can be substituted with nuts, and I think in highlighting some of those here, you’ve demonstrated that more and more, there’s less and less reason to eat unhealthily with such imaginative alternatives.

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