Many people snack on nuts because they're tasty, filling and contain numerous vital nutrients, but according to a new study from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, they may be getting more out of their nut consumption than they expect. The study found that eating nuts, including peanuts and tree nuts, may be associated with a lower risk of premature death from heart disease and other causes.

Researchers at Vanderbilt analyzed the nut-eating habits of more than 200,000 people in the United States and China. They found that the people who consumed the most nuts, including peanuts and peanut butter, decreased their risk of premature death by about 20 percent compared to those who ate the least nuts. Even peanuts, which grow in the ground and are therefore classified as legumes, brought about positive health outcomes. Since peanut butter is one of the cheapest things you can buy in the supermarket, this suggests that eating it may be a cost-effective way for low-income people to get crucial nutrients.

Lead researcher Xiao-Ou Shu, professor of medicine and associate director of global health at Vanderbilt, said in the study's summary, "Because peanuts are much less expensive than tree nuts, as well as more widely available to people of all races and all socioeconomic backgrounds, our study finding suggests that increasing peanut consumption may provide a potentially cost-efficient approach to improving cardiovascular health."

Those in the top quintile of nut consumption, whose risk of premature death was the smallest, ate about two tablespoons of shelled nuts per day, far from an excessive serving size. The researchers recommend consuming nuts on their own, rather than in candy bars or sweetened sauces.

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