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Almonds and Joy: Keys to a Long and Healthy Life

Almonds and Joy: Keys to a Long and Healthy Life

Adding just two ounces of almonds to your diet will keep you smiling.

More almonds, along with more joy (although we don’t recommend the candy bar), can provide greater longevity. That mighty nut packs dynamite health benefits, plus joy helps you live longer. A 2015 study in Social Science & Medicine found happiness is related to longevity: Compared to the happiest folks, people who were unhappy were 14 percent more likely to die over the course of that study.

So we’re beating the drums for enJOYing almonds (walnuts, too). Eating around an ounce delivers 6g of protein; 37 percent of the RDA for vitamin E; 20 percent of magnesium; 3.5g of fiber; a small dose of copper; B2 and phosphorus. And almonds (walnuts, too) do more than lower lousy LDL cholesterol and protect your heart; they battle metabolic syndrome, elevated glucose and type 2 diabetes. Two ounces of almonds daily for two weeks did the trick in one study. Record your daily intake with the free Sharecare app at iTunes and Google Play.

Medically reviewed in January 2020.

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