Hybrid Snack: Croissant and Muffin



Half A Handful of Nuts A Day Reduces Early Death Risk

Nuts may reduce inflammation while also helping to prevent cell damage

“A handful of nuts can save your life, says new study,” The Daily Telegraph reports after a Dutch study found a link between daily nut consumption and a reduced chance of dying from a number of chronic diseases, including cancer and heart disease.

The study assessed the dietary and lifestyle habits of middle-aged to elderly adults from the Netherlands and followed them up over the next 10 years.

Overall, researchers found people who ate nuts had a decreased risk of death from any cause as well as various specific causes, such as cardiovascular diseases and cancer, compared with those who didn’t eat any nuts. The most reduced risk was found with the consumption of 5-10g of nuts a day.

However, not all risk reductions were significant and some of the researchers’ analyses were based on very small numbers, which means some of the results may not be that reliable.

Also, it is possible nut consumption is just one factor that’s part of an overall healthier diet and lifestyle, and people who regularly eat nuts may be healthy in other ways.

Nuts are a good source of healthy unsaturated fats, protein, and a range of vitamins and minerals, so having them as a daily snack isn’t a bad idea (provided you’re not allergic). Unsalted nuts are the healthiest option.

Where did the story come from?

The study was carried out by researchers from Maastricht University Medical Centre in the Netherlands, and was funded by the study authors, who report no conflicts of interest.

It was published in the peer-reviewed journal, the International Journal of Epidemiology.

The UK media’s reporting of the study was accurate, though the inherent limitations of the study were not made clear to readers.

What kind of research was this?

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Toasted Ciabatta with Tomato, Basil and Cheese


8 oz. grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
1-1½ handfuls of fresh basil leaves, torn
3 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for drizzling (optional)
12 slices of ciabatta, about 1 inch thick
1 garlic clove, halved
1 mozzarella cheese, about 6 oz., torn into bite-size pieces (buffalo mozzarella is best)
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Put the tomatoes and basil in a bowl. Spoon over the olive oil, season well with salt and pepper, and toss lightly. Set aside for about 15 minutes.
  2. When ready to serve, toast the ciabatta slices on both sides under a preheated broiler until crisp and golden.
  3. Rub the cut side of the garlic on each piece of toast, then spoon the tomato and basil mixture on top. Add a piece of mozzarella to each one, spoon over the juices remaining in the bowl, and sprinkle with extra oil, if using.
  4. Grind a little more black pepper on top and serve.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: On Toast

What’s for Breakfast?

Japanese Breakfast

The Menu

  • Rice with Tofu (豆腐ぶっかけ飯)
  • Miso Soup with Fish
  • Thick Fried Egg

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