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Choose the Right Nuts for Your Health - Knowing the nutritional benefits will help you snack smarter in Consumer Reports, December 23, 2018. CR says

"Nuts are nature’s perfect snack food - bite-sized, portable, tasty, nutritious, and filling, and yet with an unmistakable indulgent mouthfeel. No wonder Americans’ nut consumption increased by almost 40 percent between 2000 and 2016."

Eating tree nuts may cut risk that colon cancer will return, Reuters, May 17, 2017. A new study from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston shows that "Colon cancer survivors who ate at least two ounces (57 grams) of tree nuts a week - roughly 48 almonds or 36 cashews - were significantly less likely to have their cancer return or to die from their cancer than those who did not eat nuts".

What Are the Benefits of Dried Cherries? Dried cherries provide some surprising health benefits.

The Unique Health Benefits of Eight Different Nuts - Men's Fitness

"Nuts can reduce levels of inflammation in the body and lower your risk of death from all causes. But each variety has its own bevy of advantages, too."

Nuts and your heart: Eating nuts for heart health - Mayo Clinic, September 15, 2016

"Eating nuts helps your heart. Discover how walnuts, almonds and other nuts can help lower your cholesterol when eaten as part of a balanced diet."

More Good News about Nuts - Brigham and Womens Hospital, August 4, 2016.

"In a study of more than 5,000 people, investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) have found that greater intake of nuts was associated with lower levels of biomarkers of inflammation, a finding that may help explain the health benefits of nuts. The results of the study appeared in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition."

A Few Walnuts A Day May Help Boost Memory, Study Finds - Huffington Post, January 20, 2015.

"A new study suggests that eating a handful of walnuts per day -- or even less -- may help boost memory, concentration and the speed at which your brain processes information."

Eat nuts, live longer - Time Online, Nov. 20, 2013.

"Hungry? Grab a handful of nuts. Not only are they packed with protein, but it turns out they may be the food for longevity."

Eating More Nuts During Pregnancy Might Help Prevent Allergies in Kids: Study - WebMD, Dec. 23, 2013.

" Experts say mothers who consume more nuts won't raise -- and might reduce risk in children."

7 Nuts That Help You Live Longer - Huffington Post, Jan. 20, 2014.

" Want to add years to your life? Go nuts! The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a study that showed people who ate a handful of mixed nuts on a daily basis were 20% less likely to die from heart diseases, cancer or other ailments."

The New Low-Cholesterol Diet: Nuts - WebMD.

"Key nuts can help you lower cholesterol. Add nuts to your low-cholesterol diet."

Why You Should Go Nuts for Nuts - EverydayHealth.

"Nuts are underrated as nutritious snacks — particularly raw tree nuts, such as almonds, cashews, walnuts, and more, which have been linked to lower cholesterol, better heart health, weight control, and even a lower cancer risk. Unfortunately, too few Americans eat nuts regularly."

Large Study Links Nut Consumption to Reduced Death Rate - Dana Farber Cancer Institute, News Release, November 20, 2013.

"In the largest study of its kind, people who ate a daily handful of nuts were 20 percent less likely to die from any cause over a 30-year period than were those who didn’t consume nuts, say scientists from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Harvard School of Public Health."

5 Foods That Fight Heart Disease - Boston Globe, October 16, 2012 -by Joan Salge Blake:

"Research suggests that nuts can help lower blood cholesterol levels and that eating 1.5 ounces per day of almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, pistachio nuts, or walnuts along with a heart-healthy diet, may reduce you risk of heart disease. (An ounce of nuts = 25 almonds, 9 whole walnuts, or 48 pistachio nuts.)"

Best Diet to Lower Your Cholesterol - Boston Globe, August 24, 2011:

"In a study published yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that eating cholesterol-lowering foods like nuts, soy protein, and certain fiber-rich items result in bigger drops in “bad” LDL cholesterol than avoiding high-fat meat, eggs, and dairy foods."

Tips for making easy, healthy school lunches - Boston Globe:

"Don't forget healthy snack foods 'The worst time to make good decisions about food is when you're starving. Children who eat a poor quality breakfast or lunch may give in to temptation at school or on their walk home,' Ludwig said. Ludwig suggested you supply your child with healthful snacks (which will keep them full longer) such as a handful of nuts and dried fruit to make a high quality trail mix, or simply an apple and piece of cheese."

7 Superfoods that are Good for Your Health - Boston Globe:

"Nuts in general are nutritional powerhouses because they contain fiber, protein, healthy fats, and a plethora of nutrients, such vitamin E, which protects cells from free radical damage from things like the sun and cigarette smoke," Gelsomin says. A 1 ounce serving (about 25 nuts) provides 40 percent of your daily value of vitamin E, she says. They are also a nondairy source of calcium. In addition, eating an ounce per day, as part of the DASH diet, can help reduce blood pressure."

A Heart-Healthy Snack Food - Bon Appétit, November 23, 2010:

"This may be the first time doctors have recommended eating a snack food to help your heart. "

Plenty of Nuts for Sale, but the Roasters Are Vanishing - New York Times, February 4, 2010:

Sadly, this article says that New Yorkers are losing their beloved nut roasters. The good news for Boston-area nut lovers is that in Boston one of the oldest roasting companies, American Nut & Chocolate, is still going strong and continues to offer the finest and freshest hand-roasted nuts. Read the history of American Nut & Chocolate.

Peanuts and Your Health -Some interesting research.

Peanuts Rich in Good Chemicals - BBC News - January 21, 2005
Peanuts, often derided as unhealthy party food, contain the same amount of beneficial chemicals as strawberries, researchers have found. Read more

One of the World's Healthiest Foods
Contrary to what their name implies, peanuts are not true nuts but a member of a family of legunes realted to peas, lentils, chickpeas and other beans. Read more

Natural - Nuts and Berries Fight Metabolic Syndrome - Friday, January 28, 2008
A number of recent studies have indicated that nuts and berries provide great advantages in averting metabolic syndrome, a cluster of symptoms linked to heightened risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Read more

The Best Nut in the Bowl - Golf Digest, February 2008
Best rated nuts. Read more

Go Nuts on Your Diet! - WebMD - March 9, 2008
Many weight-conscious people shudder at the idea of nuts as part of a healthy diet. For years, dieters have shunned nuts because of their high fat content. Well, you can forget everything you ever heard about nuts. Read more

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