Second Opinion: Is Going Nutty Good for You?

They may be greasy and fattening, but nuts are also good for you. According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, nuts in all forms, including peanut butter, reduce the risk of adult-onset diabetes. After analyzing the munching habits of more than 83,000 nurses for up to 16 years, researchers found that women who consumed 5 oz. of nuts each week (about five handfuls) were 30% less likely to develop diabetes than women who rarely touched them. Five tablespoons of peanut butter reduced the risk 20%. What's the secret? It's fat--but the good kind. Nuts contain polyunsaturated...

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