Did anyone hear about the study results from Harvard yesterday in which it was concluded that nuts may reduce your risk of death? In a nutshell (hehe): “Nut eaters were 25 percent less likely to die from heart disease, 10 percent less likely to die from cancer, and 20 percent less likely to die from diabetes as well as lung diseases.”
This is great news for me since I have at least a handful of almonds and a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter nearly every day (my co-workers even joke that 2:30 PM is “Peanut Butter Time” for me). My husband has his “nut cup” that he puts a mixture of almonds and walnuts in every day.
But as someone who majored in statistics, my head is crying out, “counfounding variables!” Thankfully, they do touch upon this issue in the article. A confounding variable is basically a variable that correlates with another variable. In this study, confounding variables could be the amount of exercise someone does, a person’s diet, a person’s education level, etc. In other words, do people who regularly eat nuts tend to be healthier people anyway because they exercise, eat well, and are educated about the nutritional benefits of nuts?
Now, let me ask you: Are you as nuts about nuts as me? Do you regularly eat a lot of nuts? Or are you allergic to nuts like my brother and try to be healthy in other ways?
My current peanut butter of choice: