Handful of Walnuts

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.

  1. Nuts have hard-to-digest compounds, phytates and tannins,that make you gassy and bloated.
  2. Another con of phytates is that they interfere with iron absorption, which can lead to fatigue, cravings, and anemia.
  3. Consuming too much selenium (abundant in Brazil nuts) causes hair loss, bad breath, and brittle nails.
  4. Eat more than a handful a day and you could gain weight quickly.

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