Nuts Make You Live Longer*
*Says study funded by nut industry
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 21, 2013 11:25 AM CST

(Newser) – If you like snacking on nuts, a team of Harvard researchers has some very good news: That might just make you less likely to die. Well, OK, so technically everyone is 100% likely to die, but in a study of 118,000 people, those who ate a serving of nuts each day were 20% less likely to die of any cause during the 30-year study period than those who didn't, the Boston Globe reports. Even overweight nut eaters who didn't exercise or eat their veggies enjoyed longer lifespans.

But the results come with an asterisk: The study was funded in part by a foundation representing tree nut suppliers. "These are excellent investigators, but the funding source casts doubt on the credibility of the science," one independent nutritionist says. The study was published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, and the Journal's editor-in-chief stands by it—with one caveat. Try as they might, researchers couldn't rule out the possibility that nut eaters just tend to live healthier lifestyles generally, he warns. "If you think adding almonds or walnuts to a lifestyle of sloth and gluttony will help you live longer, you’re probably nuts."

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Nov 22, 2013 7:32 AM CST
Makes me want to dig into the seat cushion for some corn nuts
Nov 22, 2013 1:42 AM CST
More self serving junk science to waste peoples time and more importantly thier MONEY!
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Nov 22, 2013 12:48 AM CST
Thanks to my grandparents, I'm a very prolific consumer of nuts. You know how well you are doing in a colonoscopy. I finally reached that age and the doc ordered it. The chemist gave me the gallon of juice and I got it down. I show up to the procedure and decided on the no-meds procedure. It was first for cost reduction, next for my own safety, and last so I could watch it as it happened. I can now advise anyone those three reasons are no way good enough to do a non-med colonoscopy. Get the Michael juice, you need it. So, it starts fine enough and you watch the same monitor he's using to guide the probe through your colon. He really never hits a bind but the process of pressing the camera through with large amounts of water causes your stomach muscles to contract in horrible pain. Finally he runs out of hose and that's when it is at the worst part of the procedure. He pulls it back and presses it in to look closer at any feature. He stops at any polyps to cut them. Finally he draws it out and it feels like you took a Ron White dump. For me, we only saw one polyp and the entire colon was very clean. You feel good because the doctor, techs, and staff act like you are some celebrity for doing the no anesthesia procedure. The recovery tech simply tells you to put your clothes back on and you can leave. "You made my job very nice today."