It’s OK to be a Little Nutty

Raw nuts are one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat.  They are rich sources of protein, healthy fats, fiber, vitamin E, calcium, and many other vitamins and minerals.     Yes, nuts are high in calories and fat, but they are healthy calories and healthy, cholesterol-free monounsaturated fats.   Because of nature’s perfect balance of healthy fats, protein, and fiber with a minimum of carbs, nuts enjoy one of the highest satiety factors – filling you up for less – of any food.  Because of this appetite-taming perk, people who snack on a palmful of nuts (instead of and not in addition to chips) tend to eat less at the next meal.   Those skinny little nuts, unless you mindlessly overeat them, are unlikely to make you fat.  Science says nut eaters tend to:

  • Have less heart disease
  • Have lower blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Be leaner
  • Suffer fewer gallstones

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