This is Nutty, but...

I recently wrote about the health benefits of nuts. I'm going to back this up again here with a New York Times article that goes on to extol more on the benefits of nuts.

It may sound nutty since nuts are high in calories, but the article points out that the more people regularly eat nuts, the skinnier they are.

It may sound nutty since nuts are high in fat content, but the article points out that the more people regularly eat nuts, the lower the incidence of diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Even the Mayo Clinic says so.

And it may sound nutty, but according to this article, all based on recent and numerous scientific studies, people who eat nuts regularly live longer than the rest of the population at large.

And this even holds true for peanuts, which aren't even nuts. But it turns out they have the right combination of ingredients to promote good health in humans.

I think the key is to buy raw, unsalted nuts so that you're not tempted to overeat them. And to just eat a handful at a time. I always put walnuts on my oatmeal or oat bran in the morning. And if I'm hungry for a quick snack, I'll grab a handful of either mixed nuts or peanuts. Or I'll spread a nut butter on a piece of toast. Nuts are not only nutritious, but they're also filling. They quickly satisfy that snacking urge.

So, pass the nuts, take off another pound and add another five minutes on to my life...