Health Watch -- Holiday Tip #2 - Snacks

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This week on "Healthwatch," we're helping you prepare for a healthy holiday. One common tradition around the holiday season is bringing treats or snacks to the office to share with co-workers. The month of December becomes one long office party. Nutrition experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas say you'll be doing your co-workers a favor by bringing nuts as your treat.

Peanuts, pecans, almonds, walnuts and pistachios are all both tasty and nutritious. Nuts are high in protein and contain heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Studies have shown that eating a handful of nuts a day can help lower your risk for heart disease.

Nuts can be high in calories, though, so they're best enjoyed in small amounts. Try bringing a bowl of nuts in the shell and a nutcracker so it's harder to eat nuts by the handful.
 
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Dec. 2004
 

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