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I'm A Nut Eater

As I sit eating my South Beach-sanctioned afternoon snack of pistachios, I come across this.

"Eating a handful of nuts every day could cut the risk of heart disease, research shows.

Pistachio and macadamia nuts were found to drastically cut the levels of both cholesterol and unhealthy fats in the bloodstream.

The findings emerged from two major studies on almost 3,000 adults. In one, US doctors at Pennsylvania State University gave some test subjects small handfuls of either pistachio or macadamia nuts over five weeks.

Nut eaters’ levels of cholesterol and unhealthy fats called triglycerides were reduced by an average of ten per cent — and in some cases up to 30 PER CENT. Both substances can clog the arteries, restricting blood flow and causing heart disease.

Researchers said the monounsaturated fats and vitamin E in both nuts helped protect the arteries.

'One to two handfuls of the nuts reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease,' said study leader Sarah Gebauer."



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May. 1st, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC)
I've been eating nuts for years because I'm mindful that the quality of the fat you eat is crucial to health. I remember when Udo Eramus' book about fat came out and I was shocked to discover how unhealthy trans-fat filled margarine was and that doctors were recommending it to HEART PATIENTS!

Every morning I eat either a tablespoon of peanut butter (not too often because it slows down the thyroid), or macadamia nut butter or tahini or I shell some almonds or walnuts or I eat a couple of tablespoons of hemp nuts (rich in omega-3s). I have the nuts with a banana or dried apricots or raisins.

I don't have a big appetite in the morning so this is about as much as I can take with a cup of cawfee. I still keep my fats down to 30 to 40 grams a day but the fats I do get are all natural ones.

Don't forget you can make hummus too and get tahini that way. Olive oil and coconut oil (non-hydrogenated) are also good fats to have. And if I use any animal fat, it's butter and nothing man-made.

Oh, and if you shell nuts, you can store them in a container in the freezer for months and months without them going rancid. I do this so when I'm making a coffee cake I can just throw in a handful.
May. 3rd, 2007 12:43 am (UTC)
I remember back in the 70's when everyone was switching to margarine because real butter was so bad. Now evil butter is known to be far better than margarine. "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature!" She was right about that.

I don't eat much peanut butter but I had no idea it impacted thyroid activity. Since my thyroid is barely functioning these days, that's a good thing to know.
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