Swapping just one portion of meat for a handful of nuts a day slashes the risk of an early death by up to 17%

Swapping just one portion of meat for a handful of nuts a day slashes the risk of an early death by up to 17 percent, new research reveals.

A 20 percent improvement in people's diets reduces their risk of dying prematurely by between eight and 17 percent, a study found. This is the equivalent of swapping just one serving of meat for a handful of nuts or a tablespoon of peanut butter a day, the research adds. 

Lead author Dr Mercedes Sotos-Prieto from Ohio University, said: 'It's not necessary for people to conform to a single dietary plan to achieve a healthy eating pattern. The essential elements of a healthy diet include higher intakes of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and beans, and lower intakes of red and processed meats, sugar-sweetened beverages and highly refined grains, like white rice and flour.' 

Source  - Daily Mail