I’m a long-time reader of the weekly ScienceTimes section in Tuesday’s New York Times. One of my go-to columns is Jane Brody’s on “Personal Health”.

In last week’s column, Brody wrote about recent studies showing the health benefits of nuts. I’ve known about the health benefits of nuts for a long time, both from what I’ve read and from personal evidence.

In this newest (and, according to Brody, most convincing) study, the more often nuts are consumed, the less likely we are to die of cancer, heart disease, and respiratory disease.

The nuts in the recent study included many types including these favorites of mine: pistachios, almonds, cashews, pecans, peanuts, and walnuts.

I’ve been eating nuts on a regular basis for many years. I eat walnuts in my cereal several days a week. And almonds are my afternoon snack almost every day (I keep a can of them in my car.)

Years ago, when I started eating almonds on a regular basis, I saw my good cholesterol numbers go up significantly. I’m not a doctor, but I am sure it was connected—and Brody make the connection to cholesterol in her article.

Nuts are a “bet you can’t eat just one” food and while the study seems to indicate you can eat quite a few nuts each day, be sure to use portion control—limiting your consumption to one or two ounces at a time makes good sense.

It’s not often that there is such good news about a snack that so many people love. Pretty awesome.

Enjoy! And join the conversation with your comments…

Best regards,