Probably the most important news story of the year got short shrift Wednesday when it was rudely pushed off front pages and evening news programs by lesser fare like health care, tornadoes and wars.
We're speaking, of course, of the Harvard University study that found eating nuts is good for you. According to The Associated Press, a 30-year test of 119,000 men and women found those who ate nuts EVERY DAY were 20 percent less likely to have died during the study.
To top that off, nuts are apparently slimming too.
"There's a general perception that if you eat more nuts you're going to get fat. Our results show the opposite," the AP quoted Dr. Ying Bao as saying.
Dr. Bao is our new favorite doctor.
Again, the story said that if you ate nuts seven or more times a week, your chance of dying from heart disease dropped 29 percent. Your chance of dying from cancer fell 11 percent.
The study made no mention of the health benefits of the beer you wash the nuts down with, but we're assuming that must be an important factor too.
The story said that earlier studies found that eating nuts lowered the chance of heart disease, diabetes and colon cancer.
There were some researchers who tried to pooh-pooh nuts' healing powers by suggesting that people eating them may be putting them on salads and benefitting from the "leafy greens." Another said nut lovers may be substituting them for other, less healthy snacks, like potato chips.
To use another food analogy, this sounds like sour grapes to us. Why can't they just admit that bar snacks are good for you?
And, finally, a note from the story to spouses:
"Compared with people who never ate nuts, those who had them less than once a week reduced their risk of death 7 percent; once a week, 11 percent; two to four times a week, 13 percent; and seven or more times a week, 20 percent."
In other words, it's important for one's health to watch football games daily - as long as you are shoveling peanuts in your mouth as you do so.
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