Health Watch - Enjoying the Holidays: Nuts

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about enjoying the holiday season in health and safety. Previously, we talked about avoiding the seemingly inevitable weight gain from all the holiday feasting. One of the tips was to focus on foods that are good for you. That can include one popular holiday treat: nuts.

Nuts are a good source of healthy, cholesterol-lowering fats, vitamin E and fiber. But they are also high in calories. Dr. Jo Ann Carson, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says the key is to substitute nuts for other foods. They’re a good substitute for less-nutritious, high-calorie treats like candy or potato chips, or make for a good lunch in combination with yogurt and fruit. A bowl of mixed nuts is a good addition to a holiday party snack menu. Almonds and pistachios are lowest in calories, while walnuts are a good source of heart-healthy fatty acids.  


December 2010

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