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Nuts Linked to Lower Rates of Heart Problems in Women with Type 2 Diabetes

June 26, 2009: 11:09 AM EST
Frequent nut and peanut butter consumption could help women with type 2 diabetes reduce their risk of heart problems, according to a research study based on the long-running Nurses’ Health Study, carried out by Tricia Li and colleagues of Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. The researchers found that eating more nuts was associated with higher levels of physical activity and lower smoking rates, and with higher intakes of polyunsaturated fat, red meat, fruits and vegetables, and total energy. Women who ate five or more servings of nuts a week had a 44 percent decreased risk of a cardiovascular disease event or heart attack compared to women who “almost never” consumed them.
"Peanut butter 'good for the heart'", NHS Choices, June 26, 2009, © American Society for Nutrition
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