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From: Dr. Neal Pinckney (
Subject:         Re: Peanuts, cashews, sunflower seeds
Date: August 3, 2012 at 8:19 pm PST

In Reply to: Peanuts, cashews, sunflower seeds posted by Pete Beer on August 3, 2012 at 1:30 pm:

All four of the nuts and seeds you mention are very high in fat.

The only nut that is almost totally free of fat is the chestnut, both the tree (horse-chestnut) nut and the water chestnut (which really isn't a nut).

But eating controlled portions of any nut or seed should not be a problem. If one can limit intake to a tablespoon or two maximum - and if the rest of one's diet is very low fat - it shouldn't be a problem. There are nutritional benefits from some nuts, mainly walnuts.

If you're going to eat nuts or seeds, it's wise to measure out the portion you intend to eat into a small dish and put the rest away, preferable up high where you won't be temped to go right back for more.

I've seen people put a large can of nuts next to them while watching television or reading, and, without realizing, soon reach the bottom of the empty can.

If you're trying to prevent or reverse heart disease, that's nuts!

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