Health Watch — Party Time: Nuts

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Whether it’s the office party, a family gathering or a neighborhood get-together, this is party season. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about ways to make this season safer and healthier. When you’re thinking about party snacks, go a little nuts.

Dr. Jo Ann Carson, a nutrition expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says nuts are an excellent source of healthy fats, vitamin E and fiber, so they’re a good substitute for other snacks, such as potato chips or candy. Nuts are high in monounsaturated fats, which can help lower levels of “bad” cholesterol. Walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acid, which could be good for your heart. Almonds and pistachios are the lowest in fat in calories, while macadamia nuts are higher in calories. So set out a dish or two of nuts at your next party, but remember that they are high in calories, so try not to eat more than a handful.

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December 2008

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