The Health Benefits of Nuts


Nuts keep your heart healthy, help protect against chronic disease, and provide essential vitamins and minerals.
Nuts keep your heart healthy, help protect against chronic disease, and provide essential vitamins and minerals.
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Recent research has uncovered the health benefits of nuts and absolved them of their junk-food status.

Studies show that eating a handful of nuts on most days of the week can do wonders for your heart and might lower your risk of developing diabetes, protect you against certain cancers, and provide other health benefits.

If you've shelved your favorite shelled treats because they didn't fit in your low-fat diet, think again, because there is much more to nuts than fat.

The fact is nuts are chock-full of good-for-you unsaturated fat, protein, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals. The key to making nuts a valuable part of your healthful eating plan is understanding what makes them so good for you, starting with their most-feared element: fat.

Check out the next section to learn more about nuts and fat.

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