Two nights ago CBS announced on radio startling news, Harvard researchers found nuts prolong lives.
I sniffed the air and smelled Walter Willett and the Nurse study.
When you read the paper you will have to slog through the authors elaborate explanations for how they did this food intake study and put together an all cause mortality study that you should consider dispositive. Until they do their next food questionnaire of all the nurses.
For measures of results or benefits of eating nuts, recall that the hazard ratios are used in this study and are reported in the range less than 1.0. Hazard ratios is the successor to Relative Risk and Odds Ratio.
The authors found a hazards ration in the range of 0.12 or a 12% “association” if you know what they are doing. 12% associations in observational studies are not adequate proof of causation at all, even if Harvard and its home town journal say so.
There are many authors so they all pitched in to make this sound like a really scientific study that retrieved the nut intake habits of the dead. Low and behold the data mine, that included the doubtful endpoint of a desk decision on cause of death, showed a result, and the benefits of eating nuts, no doubt.
Nutcase junk scientists need a home, why not torturing data from questionnaires and desk reviewing death information.
So the nut lovers enjoy a nutty piece of research. This nanny project works though, carry your recycled water bottle and recycled nut bag on your belt in holsters–complementary. Live forever. Nuts make you thirsty and that’s good for water intake, right?