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Eating peanuts more than three times a week reduces overall mortality

Peanuts together with some tree nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pistachios and pine nuts) have been singled out in terms of reduced overall mortality associated with frequent weekly consumption. PREDIMED (‘PREvención con DIeta MEDiterránea’) is a large, robust and long-running nutrition trial based in Spain. For this study, the investigators randomised and evaluated 7,216 men and women aged 55 to 80 years (mean age 67) who were already participating in PREDIMED into 1 of 3 interventions: Mediterranean diets supplemented with 1) nuts, or 2) olive oil, or 3) a control low fat diet).

How many nuts should you eat for your health?

New research suggests eating nuts regularly can help lower your risk of death, particularly from cancer and heart disease

Protein: An Essential Nutrient for the Body

The power of a protein punch does the body good. Including protein in your regular diet helps to stave off hunger, build immunity and strengthen heart health, just to name a few benefits. A balanced diet improves your health, and including protein in the mix is absolutely essential.

Healthy Eating for Kids

Dietitians frequently receive questions from parents on how to encourage their children to eat healthy. Parents generally know how important healthy eating is, but they face challenges incorporating this into their daily lives. To help dietitians assist parents, Peanut Bureau of Canada developed some easy and HEALTHY tips.

Peanuts at Breakfast Helps Control Hunger and Blood Sugar All Day

You’ve heard it before. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, did you know that what you eat for breakfast can impact the rest of your day? A new study released by the British Journal of Nutrition explains that eating peanut butter or peanuts for breakfast contributes to the management of blood sugar for most of the day. Peanuts and peanut butter can help minimize hunger pangs and increase production of the hormone PYY, which is responsible for making you feel full.

Cooking with Healthy Fats

Fat has traditionally been viewed as a foe to the health conscious or those looking to shed pounds. However, essential fatty acids offer a variety of benefits and are an integral part of our health. In a Q&A article published on www.menusofchange.org, Dr. Walter Willett of Harvard School of Public Health and Amy Myrdal Miller, M.S., R.D. of The Culinary Institute of America explain why it’s time to debunk the “low fat is best” myth.

The U.S. peanut industry gives back

The Peanut Butter for the Hungry Initiative started in 2008, by a group of peanut growers, shellers, manufacturers and industry members to help malnourished children in places where resources are limited.

Peanuts Equivalent to Tree Nuts in Biggest Mediterranean Diet Health Study

PREDIMED stands for Prevención con Dieta Mediterránea, the largest and most robust study ever mounted of the health impact of the Mediterranean Diet. Based in Spanish academic centres, PREDIMED researchers reported recently that consuming a diet rich in either extra-virgin olive oil or nuts cuts by 30 per cent the chances of those at risk of experiencing heart attacks or strokes, or dying of a heart condition.

Peanuts and Hockey: A Slap-Shot to Success

Peanuts have been used to fuel up before and after hockey games from decades. Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle is known to start his day with peanut butter, toast and coffee. In 1933, a reporter spotted Maple Leaf player John Benedict O'Flaherty eating peanuts before a hockey, earning him the nickname “Peanuts”. More recently, Ottawa Senator Darren Kramer has developed a patent pending peanut butter jar to help peanut fans get every last bit of the gooey goodness.

Health & Nutrition Corner: New Views on Salt – Not the Villain Many People Imagine

You would think from the media coverage it gets and the emphasis some nutritional policy makers put on it, that salt was a first cousin of plutonium: dangerous in even small quantities and so best avoided by anyone who wants to stay healthy. That would be wrong on several counts, as the latest evidence review from the US Institute of Medicine points out. It concludes, not surprisingly, that many people still consume too much salt in their diets (especially from processed meats, baked goods, “ready meals” and take-away foods), but it does not cast salt as a villain to be shunned.

Smart snacking with peanuts and peanut butter

It was once thought that consuming three meals a day was a healthy way of managing weight and nutrient intake – snacking between meals was to be avoided. Today, experts encourage snacking between consuming smaller meals, provided the snack is nutritious.

Peanut products and diet management

From weight management, to healthy snacking, to disease control, it’s been said that diet plays a major role in keeping us healthy. And, did you know that peanut butter can play a helpful role in managing diet?