Go Nuts – Get Healthy

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From the Denver Post:

Here’s a health tip in a nutshell: Eating a handful of nuts a day for a year—along with a Mediterranean diet rich in fruit, vegetables and fish—may help undo a collection of risk factors for heart disease. Spanish researchers found that adding nuts worked better than boosting the olive oil in a typical Mediterranean diet. Both regimens cut the heart risks known as metabolic syndrome in more people than a low-fat diet did.

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What you need to know:

Nuts are a much healthier snack than potato chips or pretzels:

Nuts are rich in anti-inflammatory substances, such as fiber, and antioxidants, such as vitamin E. They are high in unsaturated fat, a healthier fat known to lower blood triglycerides and increase good cholesterol.

What to do at the supermarket:

Buy raw nuts. This means they have not been salted. It’s usually cheaper to buy them in bulk, the savings can reach 50%. Since there is no spoilage, you can easily buy a 5 pound bag and enjoy nuts over the course of several weeks or months. You can purchase the nuts online as well.

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