Magazine article Work & Family Life

Nothing Nutty about Eating Lots of Nuts

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Nothing Nutty about Eating Lots of Nuts

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here's plenty of evidence that nuts are good for us. Consider the findings from three recent studies:

In a controlled, clinical study comparing low-fat diets with and without walnuts, results showed that the diet with the nuts was more effective at decreasing total cholesterol than the cholesterollowering diet alone. Nuts also improved the ratio of good cholesterol to bad (New England Journal ofMedicine).

Women in the Nurses' Health Study who ate more than five ounces of nuts a week had onethird fewer heart attacks than women who did not eat nuts frequently (British Medical Journal).

' A population-based study of Seventh-Day Adventists found that high nut consumption (more than five times a week) was associated with a 50 percent reduction in the risk of heart disease (Archives of Internal Medicine).

A true nut is a one-seeded fruit with hard walls that don't split open on their own. So technically, walnuts, peanuts and Brazil nuts are seeds, not nuts. But that's not important, because nuts and seeds fall into the same nutritional category. Here are some other things to know about nuts:

It's true that nuts are high in fat (most of the calories in nuts are from fat), but their nutritional benefits make them much better than the average fat-laden snack. …

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