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Does the Fat in Nuts Make Them Unhealthy?

Nuts are a good source of protein, fiber and a variety of vitamins and minerals. While about 80% of calories are from fats, nuts are a good source of mono and polyunsaturated fats. These healthy fats may help lower blood cholesterol levels and increase HDL or “good cholesterol.” Nuts are also a good source of potassium, iron, zinc, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, folate, selenium and vitamin E.

Nuts can be part of your healthy eating plan, but keep portion control in mind. One portion of nuts is equal to one ounce or 1/3 cup and provides approximately 160 calories.


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