Healthy Snacks (Part 2 of 3)

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“Good things do come in small packages.” We’re talking about Nuts now.. Peanuts, almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, cashews, pecans, walnuts and more.. A healthy and powerful snack. Only a handful can take you to the next meal!

Q & A

1. Does the amount matter?

Absolutely! Nuts are healthy but high in calories. More than a handful can ruin your diet, but don’t worry.. You will feel fuller with just a few.

2. Why are they healthy anyway?

Nuts help avoid coronary heart disease and can lower serum LDL cholesterol concentrations. Dietitians recommend them to patients with adult-onset diabetes. People who eat nuts tend to eat less junk food.

3. What are the healthiest options on the market shelves?

Nuts are healthiest when raw. 15% of the healthy oils are lost in the roasting process. It is best to avoid sugar or chocolate coated types (if you can.. I know they’re yummy!)

4. What about nutrition details?

Nuts contain vitamin E and B2, fiber, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and selenium. They are high in fat but it’s the healthy kind of fat (monounsaturated.)

Nuts have been part of the human diet for over 750,000 years. They were the major source of starch and fat for our ancestors. Why not continue today? Let’s have some nuts and stay healthy.

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