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Dr. Sanford L. Severin

San Ramon, CA 94582 USA


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Nuts Are The Perfect Snack

February 20, 2019

Nuts are nature’s perfect snack food. They are high in protein, fiber and healthy fats. Nuts also supply some magnesium, potassium and vitamin E. To get the most nutritional benefit mix the types of nuts because each nut has its own unique medley of nutrients. Americans are picking up on the fact that nuts are good for you. In fact nut consumption in America has increased by about 40% in the past 16 years.


It is true that nuts are high in calories but several studies have shown that at the very least eating nuts could be helpful in weight control. In fact Harvard researchers studied the effects of eating various foods on weight change. They studied the eating habits of 120,000 men and women. They found that those who snacked on potato chip  gained weight if they ate one serving a week while those who ate a serving of nuts per week lost weight.


Other studies have reported that eating nuts was associated with a reduced risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, colon cancer and lung cancer. Not bad for a snack food.


It is important to look at how the nuts are processed. The health benefits decrease if the nuts are honey or chocolate coated.  For example many snack bars are nut based but the more added sugars and processed ingredients they contain, the less  healthy they are for you.


In general go for  dry roasted unsalted nuts. They are the best for you.



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