Thursday 22 October is Nut Day, an opportunity for us to remind all Australians that a handful of nuts could save your life.
Just a handful (28g) of nuts each day could dramatically cut your risk of potentially-fatal conditions, like heart disease and cancer.
An in-depth research review, which combined the findings of 20 good-quality studies, shows that people who ate 28g of nuts a day had a 22 per cent reduced risk of dying early, compared with people who almost never ate nuts.
Researchers suggest the disease-fighting effect of nuts is likely due to the unique nutrients and bioactive compounds they contain.
A recent Australian review found just two per cent of Australian adults were eating the recommended 30g of nuts a day.
So celebrate this Nut Day by having a handful of nuts, and making it a life-long habit – for a long life.