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Can Peanuts Stave Off Cancer?

posted: 06/11/15
by: Danny Clemens
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People who consume half a handful of peanuts each day have a lower risk of dying from respiratory disease, neurodegenerative disease, diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases, according to a new study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

"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). A higher intake was not associated with further reduction in mortality risk," said study lead author Professor Piet van den Brandt.

Researchers believe that the health benefits could be attributed to the combination of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, fiber and antioxidants found in the nuts.

The research was part of the Netherlands Cohort Study, which has followed 120,000 Dutch men and women for almost three decades. In that time, subjects who consumed peanuts and tree nuts regularly had a lower mortality rate than those who did not.

Interestingly, daily consumption of peanut butter did not provide the same health benefits as raw nuts, possibly due to the added trans fatty acids and sodium.

Click here to read the full study in the International Journal of Epidemiology

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