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Time to go nuts

20 Sep

It’s the nutty season of the year and nutritionists, diet experts say we must nibble on nuts. It is better than a chocolate bar or a candy.  It is healthy with the right kind of fat to help our bodies function more efficiently.  Don’t go overboard – moderation is the key.

Nuts are low in cholesterol and saturated fat and high in good monounsaturated fat, protein, and a variety of essential vitamins and minerals, including folic acid and niacin. While nuts used to be condemned for their high fat content, they’re actually a beneficial addition to your diet — because they contain the right fats. Numerous studies suggest they may offer protection against heart disease, diabetes, and some forms of cancer.

Nuts can be eaten raw (fresh from the shell) or roasted and can be used in cooking. Raw, unshelled nuts keep very well — six months to a year when stored in a cool, dry place. Shelled nuts can turn rancid more quickly and often require refrigeration or freezing, but some will keep for three to four months at room temperature in a cool, dry place.

Finally, while nuts are good for you, too many can undermine weight loss, so they should be enjoyed in healthy moderation (for instance, 15 walnuts, almonds, or pecans, or 30 pistachios at a time).

 

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