I just read about a study that makes the case for eating nuts. I quote:
“In a study of 4822 Chinese adults aged 55+ years, researchers found that eating more than 10 grams of nuts a day was positively associated with better mental functioning, including improved thinking, reasoning and memory.”
No, no, no, not those kind of nuts. And thank you Billy Bob.
No! Not that kind of nut either.
There we go! The study went on to say that “Lead researcher, UniSA’s Dr Ming Li, says the study is the first to report an association between cognition and nut intake in older Chinese adults, providing important insights into increasing mental health issues (including dementia) faced by an ageing population.”
And: “”By eating more than 10 grams (or two teaspoons) of nuts per day older people could improve their cognitive function by up to 60 per cent- compared to those not eating nuts — effectively warding off what would normally be experienced as a natural two-year cognition decline.”
As well as: “The UniSA study analysed nine waves of China Health Nutrition Survey data collected over 22 years, finding that 17 per cent of participants were regular consumers of nuts (mostly peanuts). Dr Li says peanuts have specific anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects which can alleviate and reduce cognitive decline.
“Nuts are known to be high in healthy fats, protein and fibre with nutritional properties that can lower cholesterol and improve cognitive health,” Dr Li says.
“While there is no cure for age-related cognition decline and neurogenerative disease, variations in what people eat are delivering improvements for older people.” End quotes.
So if these researchers are on to something, a dose of nuts a day may help keep the dementia away. I don’t know about you, but I eat nuts fairly regularly. Usually peanuts, honey roasted, and most often through the winter months. I don’t know why I just seem to have a craving for them this time of year, so we usually have some nuts in the house (besides the people who live here.)
I seem to recall through the years that any time we visited family as a kid, they more often than not had nuts in the house through the winter months. I’m curious now if there is just something about our makeup that craves nuts in the winter…? Have any of you noticed this trend in your travels?