That’s all it takes to eat a day in order to take care of your cholestrol, according to a new study in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care. Researchers–funded by the California Walnut Commission–randomized 112 adults ages 25 to 75 to either eat 2 daily ounces of walnuts–about 28 halves–or skip the snack. After 6 months, walnut eaters had lower total and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. Mono-unsaturated fats, including famed heart protectors omega-3 fatty acids, might be behind the good news. The bad news is you can overdo it.
- Nuts have hard-to-digest compounds, phytates and tannins,that make you gassy and bloated.
- Another con of phytates is that they interfere with iron absorption, which can lead to fatigue, cravings, and anemia.
- Consuming too much selenium (abundant in Brazil nuts) causes hair loss, bad breath, and brittle nails.
- Eat more than a handful a day and you could gain weight quickly.