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Conclusion: Nuts

Comes a further advance in the biomedical sciences. Here are the conclusions reported in a study published a few days ago:


In two large, independent cohorts of nurses and other health professionals, the frequency of nut consumption was inversely associated with total and cause-specific mortality, independently of other predictors of death. (Funded by the National Institutes of Health and the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research and Education Foundation.)

This is the study:

Association of Nut Consumption with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality,” Ying Bao, M.D., Sc.D., Jiali Han, Ph.D., Frank B. Hu, M.D., Ph.D., Edward L. Giovannucci, M.D., Sc.D., Meir J. Stampfer, M.D., Dr.P.H., Walter C. Willett, M.D., Dr.P.H., and Charles S. Fuchs, M.D., M.P.H.,  New England Journal of Medicine, 2013; 369:2001-2011.

This, in its own words, is the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research and Education Foundation, which co-funded the study:

The International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research & Education Foundation (INC NREF), a nonprofit organization, represents nine tree nut industries (almonds, Brazils, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts) and supports nutrition research and education.

For inquiries on a specific nut group, click here.

An associated press release says: “Research also shows people who eat nuts weigh less“, a question that Dr. Fuchs spelunks in great speculative detail in this video:

Another press release carries the doubly-linked headline “International Tree Nut Council funded study links nut consumption to reduced death rate“.

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