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Could a handful of peanuts save your life?

If you needed another reason to snack, a new study reveals a link between eating nuts or peanuts and lower mortality rates. The study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology confirms – and builds upon – earlier results from American and Asian studies on the relationships between nut or peanut intake and cardiovascular deaths. However, this is the first study to show such wide-ranging benefits, beyond heart health and weight management that we’d known about – and championed – for years.

Allergy Update: More insights on the LEAP study

In February, we shared a special edition of In a Nutshell all about the landmark Learning Early About Peanut Allergy (LEAP) study, which made headlines worldwide. On behalf of the National Peanut Board, one registered dietitian recently caught up with study lead Dr. Gideon Lack to discuss additional insights on the study, as well as implications and future considerations.

Peanuts: The king of all nuts

Peanuts are not only loved by Canadians, but these nutrition-packed dynamos are good for you, too! When it comes to nutrient density, you can’t beat peanuts – a serving is an excellent source of magnesium, manganese, niacin and Vitamin E, a good source of folate, as well as a source of fibre, iron, zinc and more.

Health and Nutrition Corner: A guide to unsaturated, saturated and trans fats

Fats tend to get a bad reputation – the health-conscious tend to avoid them and they’re one of the first things consumers look to eliminate when battling the bulge. But, fats are important to overall health, though they’re certainly not equal.

Peanuts, peanut butter and entertaining

Believe it or not, the holiday season is nearly upon us, with the celebrations starting in October and going strong through to the New Year. And, while some may have a knack for it, holiday entertaining can be anything but effortless. Being the hostess with the mostess (or host with the most) can require a hand at mulled wine-making, turkey-roasting and centerpiece-arranging. Follow these quick tips to help pull off the next holiday dinner that guests will rave about.

Eating healthy, even during the holidays

Even the most health-conscious and diet-driven can struggle with temptation come the holiday season. Whether you’re hosting a fall dinner party or already have a packed social calendar for December, making smart choices can help you to eat healthy during a time of appetizers, gravy and goodies galore. Follow these quick tips to avoid holiday weight gain, while enjoying the season’s festivities.

Peanut butter spread research

In an earlier edition of In a Nutshell you read all about Canadians’ love for peanuts – but what about peanut butter? This protein-packed spread was the focus of a recent survey from Erickson Research, in collaboration with the American Peanut Council, to find out how peanut butter stacks up again other spreads and pantry staples.

Recipe: Mexican-style Breakfast Sandwich, plus more ways to rethink the PB sandwich

There is no sandwich quite as versatile and cost-effective as the peanut butter sandwich. Did you know that the first recipe for the PB&J was published in 1901? Still adored by kids and kids at heart, there are many more ways to enjoy this convenient classic. Check out these creative ways to rethink the peanut butter – or PB&J – sandwich.

Peanuts and Entertaining: The holiday buffet

Celebrate in style - and on budget - with a buffet. To get the most bang for your buffet buck, see our top tips to save money, reduce food waste and cut down on time.

Allergy Update: Canadian researchers’ review indicates food allergies in infants may be prevented with early introduction

The Canadian Medical Association Journal has released a research review that supports introducing babies to peanut products (peanut protein), and other foods that may cause an allergic reaction at four to six months of age.