Jul 25, 2014
Nut Consumption and Mortality
In a paper written by Jacob Schor, N.D, former president of the Colorado Association of Naturopathic Physicians, nuts and their significant protective effects come to light.
A large study located an association between nut consumption and both total mortality and cause-specific mortality. In the study, data from the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) and the Health Professionals Follow Up Study (HPFS) were used. The NHS is a prospective cohort of 121,700 female nurses who were enrolled in 1976. The HPFS is a prospective cohort of 51,529 male health professionals enrolled in 1986. Participants without complete data or that had a history of cancer, heart disease, or stroke were excluded, making the final analyses a total of 76,464 women and 42,498 men.
Nut consumption was tracked via validated food-frequency questionnaires administered every 2 to 4 years. It was found that the Hazard Ratios (HR) for dying decreased with increasing nut consumption. Those who reported eating nuts were 20% less likely to have died during the course of the study than those who never ate nuts.
‘Given the low risk that increased nut consumption has on patient health and the great potential for benefit—ie, decreasing mortality by a fifth—there is little left to debate’, Doctor Shor writes. ‘We should be actively encouraging our patients to consume a daily serving of nuts,’ he concludes.
Deborah Wiancek, N.D. Deborah Wiancek