Go Nuts for Lower Cholesterol

Winter 2003 CSANews Issue 49  |  Posted date : May 02, 2007.Back to list

We're usually told to stay away from nuts due to their high fat content, but you should think twice about cutting them from your diet completely.

Recently, two separate studies have indicated that eating walnuts and pecans lowers so-called "bad" cholesterol (LDL), and may help to increase "good" cholesterol (HDL).

Nuts are also a good source of nutrients; many are excellent sources of selenium, copper, magnesium and manganese, antioxidants which help to reduce by-products in the body that may contribute to cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Just stick to these two rules:

Eat them in moderation although they may help your cholesterol ratio and nutrient levels, nuts are still high in calories and fat.

Limit the amount of salt you add ­ salt can contribute to high blood pressure.