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Special Reports May 2012 Issue

Nuts for You

Crack open the health benefits of nuts—as good for you as they are good-tasting.

Nuts are among the oldest human foods, with records of eating pistachios dating back to the Stone Age. “You might describe the Stone Age as the time of discovery of the first trail mix,” says Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, director of Tufts’ HNRCA Antioxidants Research Laboratory. “Prehistoric nomads mixed ground almonds and pistachios with chopped dates, sesame oil and breadcrumbs. It’s also interesting that almonds were found in Tutankhamen’s tomb in Egypt.”

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