Monday, May 17, 2010

Eat Nuts to Lower Cholesterol

Source: Health Day (Summary by NIM)

It has long been known that nuts are are great for our health because they are loaded with all kinds of nutrients, including healthy, unsaturated fats. Nuts are not only good for managing your waistline, keeping you full and satisfied and improving the look of your hair, skin and nails, but they can also lower bad cholesterol according to a new study.

The new research examined a compilation of data from many other studies and found that, on the whole, about 2.3 ounces of nuts per day (about a third of a cup) not only lowered bad cholesterol, it also raised good cholesterol and improved the overall fatty acid profile of the participants involved.

According to one of the main researchers, however, restraint should be practiced when it comes to nuts, as their high calorie count and fat content can easily get out of hand! A limit of 3 oz per day should be imposed, but 1 oz or less per day would still offer the amazing health benefits without too many calories. Jeannie Gazzaniga-Moloo, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association agrees that an ounce a day (about 150 calories) is enough, adding that nuts "are rich in protein and dietary fiber as well as numerous proteins and in various vitamins," and are a great addition to anyone's diet.

Find out more about this study by reading the article called "
Eating Nuts May Help Cholesterol Levels" from Health Day (May 10, 2010).