November 2012 Issue

Go Nuts for Health!

Munch on a handful of tree nuts—from almonds to walnuts—every day for flavor and health potential.

Not so long ago, nutrition experts cautioned people to avoid nuts, as they were considered a “fatty” food. During the “fat-free” era of the 80s, people across the country shunned fat—no matter its source. Now health researchers have come full circle, understanding that the type of fat is far more important than how much fat you eat. Research supports that healthy fats—monounsaturated fat (MUFA) and polyunsaturated fat (PUFA)—actually lower your risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. And a body of evidence has accumulated on the health benefits of tree nuts—almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts—which provide an excellent source of MUFAs, PUFAs and other health-protective nutrients.

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