Despite what fat-phobes may think, nuts are not a dietary no-no. These healthy-fat power players offer a satisfying crunch and a variety of health perks. Here’s a rundown of some of the best (and tastiest!) options.
January 17, 2013
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Studies show that a handful a day–about 23 almonds–can help lower LDL cholesterol levels and fight inflammation.
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They pack a punch of selenium, a mineral and antioxidant that may help prevent certain types of cancer.
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High in oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat also found in olive oil, cashews may help reduce blood pressure.
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Chestnuts contain a high amount of starch and little oil–1 ounce contains just 0.5g total fat. They also offer a healthy dose of potassium.
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They’re an excellent source of vitamin E, dietary fiber, magnesium, and a heart-healthy compound called proanthocyanidin.
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They are one of the few plant sources of palmitoleic acid, which helps lower cholesterol and reduce risk of heart disease.
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Studies show that eating peanuts and peanut butter can lower cholesterol levels and triglycerides, decreasing your risk of heart disease.
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They’re rich in vitamin E, flavonoids, and plant sterols, natural compounds that help lower cholesterol.
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Each tiny kernel packs a surprising amount of vitamin E, manganese, copper, and magnesium.
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They’re rich in carotenoids, including beta-carotene and lutein.
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Studies show that walnuts can increase good cholesterol and decrease the bad kind.