Food Comparison

October 2015 Issue

Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut

Nuts and seeds are super-healthy little nuggets of nutrition, that often, along with the butters made from them, are maligned for being too high in fat and calories. While there's no arguing they contain a good deal of fat, that's no reason to keep them out of your diet. In fact, nuts’ fat content is one of the reasons you should eat them regularly—a handful (1 ounce) a day. Nuts and seeds are rich in unsaturated fats, which offer health benefits, including a lower risk of heart disease. In addition, the presence of fat in a food means it takes longer to digest and metabolize, helping you feel satisfied for a longer time after you eat (see Page 6, Top Foods to Boost Satiety). That’s why studies show that nut consumption is not associated with weight gain. And these foods are also convenient, shelf stable sources of high quality protein and fiber, which also help with maintaining a healthy weight.

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