Health benefits of eating nuts

By Jennifer Bowden In Nutrition

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27th December, 2012
Nuts are everywhere – mixed nuts with pre-dinner drinks, pistachios in the turkey stuffing, chocolate-coated almonds under the Christmas tree and peanut butter on toast the morning after. Which ones are good for heart health? Do they encourage unwanted weight gain? And importantly for fans, is peanut butter an unhealthy spread? Nuts are a rich source of healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids, along with protein, dietary fibre, essential micronutrients such as folate, calcium, magnesium, copper and potassium, and a range of phytochemicals. This makes nuts a nutritionally dense food; ...

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