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IN FRATERNAM MEAM
Friday, October 21, 2005
NUTTY ABOUT NUTS.....
ONCE THOUGHT TO BE HIGH-CALORIE DIET BUSTERS, NUTS ARE NOW THE HEALTHY STAR OF THE SNACK AISLE.

CRAZY ABOUT NUTS? Not to worry. Nuts have shed their nutritional bad guy reputation. That's because we now know that nuts are cholesterol-free and a great plant source of protein. They also contain phytochemicals, the plant substances thought to reduce the risk of diseases such as cancer.

High in fat, you say? Think again: One ounce of nuts (two dozens or so almonds, for example) has about two thirds less saturated fat than a slice of cheese. And most of nuts fat calories come from monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat, the types that are thought to help lower cholesterol. In fact, several studies have linked the frequent consumption of nuts with a 30 percent to 50 percent lower rsik of heart disease.

Which nut to choose? While almost all nuts are considered to be nutritional powerhouses, experts point to almonds, peanuts and pistachios as particularly good sources of protein and fiber. Almonds also deliver beneficial amounts of vitamin E, magnesium and calcium, while peanuts are high in folate and pistachios provide potassium.

So, not only is it okay to go nutty snacktime (try a handful to curb the afternoon urge to nibble), it also is not a bad idea to add the healthier and tast of nuts to main course salads, stir-fries and pastas.

(Resources: Medline Plus www.nlm.nih.gov/medineplus/nutrition.html)
posted by infraternam meam @ 11:26 AM  
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