NUTRITION HOTLINE: Aw, nuts!

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NUTRITION HOTLINE: Aw, nuts!

Q: Are any nuts unhealthy? What nutritional differences among nuts should I know about?

A: My clients frequently ask me “Are all nuts healthy?” The answer is yes! Contrary to past nutrition lore, nuts are made up of mostly unsaturated fats that are good for your heart. They also contain protein as well as B vitamins, zinc, magnesium, selenium, Vitamin E and flavonoids (cancer fighting substances), making them a nutritious choice. Walnuts, almonds, macadamia nuts and pecans have been found to lower blood cholesterol levels. Nuts are considered to be a calorie dense food, so I usually recommend my clients have one serving (about a handful) per day. Nuts alone or mixed with dried fruit make a great snack, or try using nuts to replace some of the meat in a recipe once in a while.

by Diane Keddy, MS, RD
Reprinted with permission from Eating Disorders Recovery Today
Summer 2003 Volume 1, Number 5
©2003 Gürze Books

About the Author

Diane Keddy, MS, RD, is a registered dietitian with a private practice in Newport Beach, CA.

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