A study from the Harvard Medical School is reporting that snacking on peanuts and peanut butter at least five days in a week may be able to reduce the risk of a heart attack.
The researchers reviewed data on 6,000 women with type two diabetes, which is linked to obesity, inactivity and poor diet. This condition is also known to increase the risk of heart attacks. All women answered food questionnaires every two to four years as part of the study.
The Daily Express reports that women who regularly ate peanuts and snacked on peanut butter were able to reduce their risk of heart attack by at least 44 percent.
"Consumption of at least five servings a week of one ounce of nuts or one tablespoon of peanut butter was significantly associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease," the researchers wrote.
The details of the study are published in the Journal of Nutrition.