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Are Nuts Healthy?

Nuts are everywhere these days. From the almond milk in your coffee to the pistachios atop your salad, you almost cannot escape their presence. With their high fat and calorie content, you may be wondering…. are nuts healthy to eat? Should they be part of a healthy diet?

Are you nuts?

A Handful a Day:

Researchers are finding more and more evidence to suggest that nuts are not only healthy, but may actually help you live longer! According to a comprehensive review in BMC Medicine, daily nut intake is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality from respiratory disease, cancer, and diabetes. The publication found that people who ate a handful of nuts each day (around 20 grams or 1/4 of a cup) may be 22% less likely to die prematurely than individuals who did not! High levels of polyunsaturated fats, magnesium, vitamins, and fiber contribute to improved heart health and lower bad cholesterol.