People who regularly eat nuts appear to live longer, according to the largest study of its kind.
The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggested the greatest benefit was in those munching on a daily portion.
The US team said nut eaters were likely to also have healthy lifestyles, but the nuts themselves were also contributing to their longer life span.
The British Heart Foundation said more research was needed to prove the link.
The study followed nearly 120,000 people for 30 years. The more regularly people consumed nuts, the less likely they were to die during the study.
People eating nuts once a week were 11 percent less likely to have died during the study than those who never ate nuts.
1. prolong v.
延長 (yan2 chang2)
例: We were having such a good time that we decided to prolong our stay by another week.
2. munch v.
咭吱咯吱地咀嚼 (ji1 zhi1 ge1 zhi1 de5 ju3 jue2)
例: He was munching on an apple.
3. life span (or lifespan) n. phr.
壽命 (shou4 ming4)
例: The average human life span in developed countries has increased over the last hundred years.