Nuts really do protect against cancer and heart disease:
Yet more evidence this week that nuts are good for you! Eating nuts—and especially walnuts—three times a week will reduce your chances of dying from cancer or heart disease.
Of course, it’s hard to know what came first: do nuts make us healthier, or do healthier people eat nuts? Certainly, nut eaters seem to be more likely to follow the fruits-and-vegetables Mediterranean diet, have their weight under control, are less likely to smoke and are physically more active.
Nut eaters reduce their chances of dying prematurely by 39 percent, and those who eat walnuts reduce their risk by 45 percent, compared to a non-nut eater. The reduction rose to 55 percent in those who ate one serving of 28 g of nuts three times a week.
NOTE; Nuts should always be eaten RAW and unsalted for the optimum benefit.
(Source: BMC Medicine, 2013; 11: 164).