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Need to lower your cholesterol and stabilize your blood sugar?

Eat some nuts. I’m serious.

Data from 25 studies says eating nuts lowers blood fats: total cholesterol; LDL, the bad cholesterol; and triglycerides in those with high levels of them.

The FDA had already issued a qualified health claim: Scientific evidence suggests eating one and a half ounces of most nuts each day may reduce heart disease risk. That’s a quarter cup, about 250 calories.

This newer study found that for lowering cholesterol, for most people, more nuts are better.

Those who ate 2.4 ounces – a third of a cup – saw the most improvement: a 5 to 10 per cent drop in blood fats.

There is a caveat: the nut related cholesterol drop was not seen in obese people, only thin or normal weight individuals,

For diabetics, there’s more good news: eating nuts instead of carbs can help lower blood sugar.

It seems most any nut will do: almonds … hazelnuts … pistachios … walnuts … pecans … even peanuts, are all good for you – even if peanuts are legumes.

Nuts are a good source of vitamins, fiber, and healthy mono-unsaturated fats. They’re packed with nutrients, buts high in calories. Don’t overdo. Stick with plain nuts, not chocolate or sugar coated. And unsalted ones are best.

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