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  • Oh, Nuts!

  • They're tiny, tasty and tempting-and you can't eat just one.

    Nuts may be forbidden fruit to a dieter, but most of their fat content is unsaturated, the kind that's kind to your heart. This so-called "good" fat doesn't clog arteries, it cleanses them, helping the bloodstream wash away cholesterol.

    Walnuts contain high levels of alpha linolenic acid, a fat that helps prevent an irregular heart beat, which can cause sudden death. Peanuts are rich in the antioxidant resveratrol, which also cuts your cardiovascular risk. "Nuts are a powerhouse of nutrients," says Miriam Hospital dietitian Theresa Jerominek. RD, "They contain healthy portions of protein, magnesium, vitamin E, fiber and potassium."

    While nuts may be heart-friendly, they're still a waist-buster. "Try using nuts as a protein source, rather than as a snack," advises Jerominek. "Sprinkle a one-ounce serving on cereal, fat-free yogurt, pasta or salads. Add to your recipes for muffins, pancakes and breads. Nuts add texture and flavor, so use your imagination."

    For the record, a one-ounce serving contains:

     Saturated fat 
    (grams)
    Unsaturated fat 
    (grams)
    Almonds


    Peanuts

    Walnuts

    Cashews

    1


    3

    1

    2

    14


    11

    17

    11

    A nutty recipe: