Go nuts with nuts for a better future!

From the Well blog, The New York Times

Want to live a longer? Healthier? And give the environment a break?

Consider popping more nuts into your month and life. They’re an under-appreciated superfood.

“Nuts to you!” writes Jane Brody, Personal Health editor for the New York Times, in a 2013 article. “That’s not an insult,” she says. “It’s a recommendation to add nuts to your diet for the sake of your health and longevity.”

She presents extensive of lower risk of death from cancer, heart disease, respiratory disease, and other ills linked to poor diet. In one study, people who consumed nuts daily (seven or more times a week) reduced their likelihood of death by 20% from 1980 to 2010.

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Nuts featured in the studies include the following (click on each for sources and costs):

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To learn more about nuts and to whet the appetite for them, consider the following books:

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In other articles we’ll touch on other ingredients of good eating and the difference it can make.

Eating healthy costs more up-front but saves money (as well as wellbeing) in the long run, according to a 2013 study by the Harvard School of Public Health.

The healthiest diets cost about $550 more per year than the least healthy ones, the researchers found, but incur $1,200 less per year in diet-related chronic diseases. That’s a healthy-eating “profit” of $650!

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The benefits extend beyond the individual and family to society and the planet. In general, healthy eating taxes the environment far less than the highly-processed, over-industrialized alternative. For example, note that nuts come with their own bio-degradable packaging (shells).

Natural packaging that does no harm and much good. Mulch idea from The Micro Gardener.

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