The interesting thing is that studies using food diaries show that the more frequently people eat nuts, the less fat they are. So what's the deal?
Recently some researchers examined all the literature to date. They were looking to find some studies that put half of the participants on a diet high in nuts and the other half on a diet without nuts. All together they found a total of 33 studies that did just that. Then they added up the results.
They found that there was no difference in the people eating the nuts verses those not eating them. This was true not only for weight, but also for waist size. So nuts are not fattening.
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Probably the best idea is to eat mixed nuts, since that will give you the best balance of the various nutrients. And you can do so knowing they won't pack on the pounds.