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Going all in for almonds

November 15, 2018

From the time Greg and Duane Allman formed the Allman Joys in 1965, they were masters of hard-driving, soulful rock ‘n’ roll! “The High Cost of Low Living,” from The Allman Brothers Band’s 2003 album, made it clear that they had not chosen the most healthful route through life.

More almonds and more joy (although we don’t recommend the candy bar) could have provided greater longevity. That mighty nut packs dynamite health benefits; plus, joy helps you live longer. A 2015 study in Social Science & Medicine found that happiness is related to longevity: Compared with 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 6 grams of protein; 37 percent of the recommended daily allowance for vitamin E; 20 percent of magnesium; 3.5 grams of fiber; and a small dose of copper, vitamin B-2 and phosphorus. 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.

Can’t you just hear the band singing “Never Knew How Much (I Needed You)” and “Change My Way of Living”? Too bad they weren’t thinking about how smart it would have been to add some almonds (and joy) to their set list.

Mehmet Oz, M.D., is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D., is chief wellness officer and chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into “The Dr. Oz Show” or visit www.sharecare.com.