Why you should go nuts for nuts
OK, this is going to sound a little nutty -- but if you want to protect your heart, prevent a stroke, fight cancer and cheat death all at the same time, crack open some delicious nuts.
Nuts are loaded with heart-healthy fats. In fact, they're among the few non-animal fats that get my full backing, and one new study shows why: the more nuts you eat, the lower your risk of heart disease and an early death.
Eat nuts every single day, and your risk of death from heart disease plunges by 29 percent and your risk of death from cancer falls by 11 percent, according to the new study.
Even better, your risk of a premature death from any cause could drop by a full 20 percent.
You can't say that about any of the common drugs pushed on people today -- BP meds, statins, aspirin, and more. None of them will cut your risk of death and disease that dramatically (or at all, for that matter).
And unlike drugs that come with big risks, nuts come with big benefits, including a lower risk of obesity, diabetes and stroke.
The only downside is the price. These days, it seems like you need to take out a second mortgage to get a daily supply of quality nuts. And if you're working on a budget, don't worry -- you can eat nuts less often and still get a benefit.
Eat them just a couple of times a month, and you could drop your risk of an early death by 7 percent. Up your intake to a couple of times a week, and that risk could fall by 13 percent.
The best way to eat nuts is raw and unpasteurized. Unfortunately, pasteurized almonds are commonly sold as raw -- and this deception is not just allowed, it's encouraged and even required by the feds.
It's a similar story for cashews, which are often extracted using heat -- but as long as they haven't been heated AFTER that extraction, they can be called "raw."
Do your homework; you can find truly raw nuts if you look around.