A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine looked at data from the Nurses’ Health Study and Health Professionals Follow-up Study (over 119,000 men and women).

Researchers found that study participants who ate nuts seven or more times a week had a 20% lower death rate than those who didn’t eat nuts over the same period of time. Even for those who only ate nuts less than once a week, the death rate was 11% lower.

Participants ate a variety of nuts including pistachios, almonds, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, cashews, pecans, pine nuts, peanuts, walnuts and macadamias.

Incorporating heart healthy fats and focusing on variety is a great way to approach nutritional intake.  Of course, portion is key.  Keep servings to about 1oz.