How many nuts should you eat for your health?

November 20, 2013 - 6:05 PM
Nuts Longevity

FILE - This Nov. 21, 2008 file photo shows shelled pecans at the Navarro Pecan Company in Corsicana, Texas. Help yourself to some nuts this holiday season: Regular nut eaters were less likely to die of cancer or heart disease, in fact, were less likely to die of any cause during a 30-year Harvard study.(AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

New research suggests eating nuts regularly can help lower your risk of death, particularly from cancer and heart disease. Some advice on adding nuts to your diet:

HOW MUCH:

The American Heart Association recommends four servings of unsalted nuts a week. A serving is a small handful — 1.5 ounces of whole nuts — or 2 tablespoons in nut butter form. For example, there are about 23 almonds in a serving.

WHAT KIND:

Peanuts or tree nuts including almonds, walnuts, cashews and pistachios. Eat them as a snack or add to other foods.

WATCH OUT:

Nuts have a lot of nutrients but they also have a lot of calories. A serving of peanuts or almonds is about 240 calories.