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‘Nutty’ Solution to a ‘Hearty’ Problem

by Medindia Content Team on  December 27, 2007 at 4:08 PM Diet & Nutrition News   - G J E 4
‘Nutty’ Solution to a ‘Hearty’ Problem
JoAnn Carson, a clinical nutritionist at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, in Dallas says that nuts are a good-tasting, cholesterol-lowering and fiber-filled food. But the problem is they are high in calories.
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Carson says the solution is to substitute nuts for other high calorie foods and not to add them to the diet, which may result in gaining weight.

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Carson advises replacing some of the chicken in chicken salad with pecans and celery and substituting an afternoon candy bar with trail mix that includes nuts. He suggests building a lunch with fruit, yogurt and nuts instead of a ham sandwich.

Nuts seem to be a 'heart-healthy' food. For example English walnuts contain primarily polyunsaturated fats, including alpha-linolenic acid -- an omega-3 fatty acid that has cardiovascular benefits.

Pecans, peanuts and macadamia nuts are high in mono-unsaturated fats that can lower low-density lipoproteins, or LDL, the "bad" cholesterol.

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