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Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old: When it comes to living a long life, it doesn’t matter how you eat your green and yellow legumes as long as you eat them. (Okay maybe not nine days old; food poisoning is no fun—and these are the myths you’ve got to stop believing about it.) Eating whole, cooked peas and other legumes—a staple of the Mediterranean diet—may actually slow aging on a cellular level, according to a study published in BMJ. Researchers speculate it’s the fiber and antioxidants that give them their longevity powers. Here’s how eating legumes can help with weight loss.
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Going nuts for nuts may be one of the best things you can do for your health. People who eat nuts, especially walnuts, three times a week or more enjoy two to three more years of life, according to research published in BMC Medicine. Nutty folks significantly reduced their risk of cancer and heart disease, the two biggest killers we face as we age. (Here are 30 simple ways to reduce your risk of cancer.) There is one caveat, however, as a second study found that the life-lengthening benefits did not extend to peanuts or peanut butter. Sorry PB&J fans! Walnuts are also one of a few foods shown to make you smarter.