Health Watch -- Thanksgiving: Nuts

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about food for Thanksgiving. If you’re looking for an appetizer for your Thanksgiving feast or something to snack on during the football games, nutrition experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center suggest you try nuts.

Nuts contain “good” fats that can have benefits for your heart. Some nuts may even help lower cholesterol. They’re also high in fiber and a good source of vitamin E. But Dr. Jo Ann Carson, a UT Southwestern registered dietitian, says nuts are also high in calories, so you need to be careful. It’s best to substitute them for other foods or snacks. For instance, snack on nuts instead of potato chips when you watch the game or use nuts to add crunch to other dishes. Almonds and pistachios are lowest in calories, while macadamia nuts are highest in calories.

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November 2006

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