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Peanut Butter: Healthy to Unhealthy

Because peanut butter is high in saturated fat (and tastes so good), it must be bad for you, right? Not so fast, says Walter C. Willett, M.D., in the July 2009 edition of the Harvard Heart Letter: "Over the years, numerous studies have shown that people who regularly include nuts or peanut butter in their diets are less likely to develop heart disease or type 2 diabetes than those who rarely eat nuts."

An earlier study, conducted in 2008 by the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine concluded that pregnant women who eat peanuts or peanut butter are more likely to increase their child's development of asthma by 50 percent. But since this is the only research of its kind to be conducted the conclusions must be taken with a grain of salt.

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