Earlier this month, we posted about recent findings linking nut consumption with a lower risk of benign breast disease in young women. Further confirming the power of nuts, new results from a large study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reports that men and women who are frequent nut eaters (7 or more time per week) have a lower risk of heart disease and cancer, as well as a 20 percent lower risk of early death than those who rarely eat nuts (less than once per week).
We could further summarize the findings, but this short animated video put out by the Journal does a very good job.
Overall, the evidence is quite compelling that nuts are an important part of a healthy diet and healthy lifestyle. Just a few ounces of whole nuts or peanut butter a week can have real benefits, and you don't need to be fixated on peanuts. Other types of nuts or nut-butters have benefits as well and also taste great. So, more than ever, you have license to go nuts.