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While the study wasn’t focused on weight loss, it had in place limits to protect against overeating, a substantial problem in the U.S. Participants were told to supplement their diet with four tablespoons of olive oil each day.

More importantly, those using nuts were told to eat only a fistful.

“You’re talking about an ounce a day. … It’s a handful, not a can full,” said Maureen Ternus, executive director of the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research and Education Foundation.

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