Nuts for your Health

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Story Updated: Nov 22, 2013

Do you have a penchant for peanuts or pecans? Are pistachios your go-to snack?

If you're nuts about nuts... here's good news! A new study suggests they may help you live a long, healthy life.

Researchers analyzed 30 years worth of data from two national health surveys that included nearly 119-thousand people.

Nut consumption was calculated from dietary information each participant provided at the beginning, then at 2 to 4 year increments.

Those who ate seven or more servings of nuts per week had a 20-percent lower risk of dying from any cause than those who didn't eat nuts.

The researchers also found 29 percent fewer deaths from heart disease among regular nut-eaters and an 11 percent lower risk of dying from cancer.

The researchers say more work is needed to determine how this nutrition packed food provides protection.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the latest breakthroughs from the world of medicine.

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