Want To Live Longer?

Nuts collection isolated on a white backgroundMy brother roasts his own peanuts in the shell and eats them most every day; and he sent me the following information that indicates that Peanut Consumption May Be Linked To Lower Risk Of Death From Heart Disease!

According to an article in Time magazine, investigators “examined three large groups involving more than 70,000 black and white men and women living in the U.S. and more than 130,000 men and women living in Shanghai, China.” The researchers “found that those who ate peanuts across all three groups had improved total mortality and less cardiovascular disease.”

Most Nuts (except some of my friends) Are Good

According to a report on CNN.com, “Hungry? Grab a handful of nuts. Not only are they packed with protein, but it turns out they may be the food for longevity. At least, that’s the conclusion of the largest study to date looking at the relationship between eating nuts and longer lives. Nuts are high in unsaturated fats, protein and vitamins, as well as antioxidants that are thought to be linked to a lower risk of heart disease.

Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School looked at nut consumption and deaths from all causes among 76,464 women participating in the Nurse’s Health Study and 42,498 men involved in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. They asked the participants about their nut consumption, including how many almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios or walnuts they typically ate.
Those who reported regularly consuming nuts were less likely to die from a variety of diseases, most significantly cancer, heart disease and respiratory diseases
.”

My Diet

I have been a “nut for nuts” for years. Currently, I eat a self-made mix of:

• Dry roasted peanuts (which are not really “nuts”, but legumes)
• Pistachios in the shell
• Dry roasted almonds
• And walnuts.

They go great with my Sam Adam’s beer! What do you eat?

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8 thoughts on “Want To Live Longer?

  1. George,
    I could not thank you enough for your information on nuts.
    I eat Planters Nut-rition, it is a Heart Healthy Mix. Which is indicated on the package
    to reduce the risk of heart disease. It is so important for all of us to work on our health
    along with our game. Thanks again. Anthony Rasile

    Anthony – as some candy bar commercial sings, “Sometimes you feel like a nut…” george

  2. So, when General McAuliffe responded to the Nazi surrender demand in WW2 with the word “NUTS!” he was really expressing a concern about their health. Come to think of it, maybe that is why it was called the Battle of the Bulge.

    Marty – your shortest and pithiest comment ever! As we used to say in Brooklyn, “Nuts to you!”

  3. George and his wife finally make it to the Pearly Gates. It turns out heaven for them is a unlimited playing time at Wimbledon, Roland Garros, and every other fabulous club they can think of, complete with ball boys, chair umpires, and line judges. Their new skill level is Federeresque. “Do you want to play some, Honey?” he asks, with a slightly funny look. “What’s the matter, George?” she queries. “I was just thinking—if you hadn’t started me on that damn nut diet I’d have been here five years earlier”, he replied.

    Scott – Oh yeah,,, “Scott’s wife was sipping on a glass of wine while sitting on the patio with him.

    She says, “I love you so much. I don’t know how I could ever live without you.”

    Scott asks, “Is that you or the wine talking?”

    She replies, “It’s me… talking to the wine.”

    George

  4. Could not agree more about the value of nuts in your diet. And George, I am also a Costco almonds man. In addition, my wife got me a VitaMix Blender for Christmas. So now I even make my own almond butter. I love it and its healthy.

    Thanks for sharing this information.

    Grandpa Larry – you have to stay healthy and live longer for the little ones! Thanks, George

  5. George
    Great advice
    Went straight to the supermarket to get some peanuts and lots of Sam Adams

    Willy – i will be right over! george

  6. Hmmm looks like it cut off the rest of my comment.
    Nuts are great ..BUT: most nuts in the stores are roasted in cottonseed oil, soy oil or palm oil. All of these are simply terrible and ingesting these regularly is a bad idea. Peanut oil is fine.
    Also make sure you check sodium content. Again most brands have lots of regular/commercial salt. Unprocessed salt (as in sea salt for example) IS actually very good for you and has many wonderful minerals that do the body good. Regular salt is not good as all the good qualites have been processed out of it. Kosher salt is also processed. Costco has a wonderful “mixed nuts” product and it is made with peanut oil and sea salt.
    Lastly, brazil nut are very good for you. Just 4-6 of those bad boys give you your daily supply of selenium.

    Marc – i did not know that about the different salts! I have been using Himalayan Pink. thanks, george

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