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Did you know that eating certain varieties of nuts may prevent weight gain and provide other heart healthy benefits? It’s true – don’t let the high fat content fool you.

What Are Nuts — and Why are They Healthy?

Remarkably, nuts are classified as a fruit. This is surprising because they’re not particularly sweet like most types of fruit. Nuts come from a variety of plant families and are labeled as either tree nuts (one-seeded fruits in a hard shell) or peanuts. 

A one-ounce serving of nuts has between 160-200 calories, of which 80-90 percent is comprised of monounsaturated fat. This form of fat in your diet can reduce your bad cholesterol level (LDL) while maintaining your good cholesterol level (HDL).

Top Health Benefits of Nuts

  • Nuts are a great source of many nutrients – one ounce of mixed nuts contains vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorus and selenium
  • Nuts can help you lose weight – especially eating almonds and pistachios
  • Nuts can help your body to reduce long-term inflammation, which can cause damage to organs
  • Pistachios, almonds, walnuts, peanuts and pine nuts can help lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels while maintaining healthy cholesterol levels
  • Nuts are very good for your heart and can lower your risk for a stroke because of their cholesterol levels, LDL particle size, and benefits to artery function and inflammation

Talk with your doctor about the benefits of adding nuts to your diet and substituting them for some of the less healthy foods you eat such as red meat, french fries or sugary snacks.

Sources: my.clevelandclinic.org, sciencedaily.com

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