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Nutr Today. 2003 May-Jun;38(3):95-99.

Do Nuts Have a Place in a Healthful Diet?


A wealth of nutrition information has been published during the past decade on the healthful nature of nuts. As nut consumption increases, cardiovascular disease risk decreases. This cardioprotective effect of nut consumption is beyond what would be predicted from the fatty acid profile alone. Nuts are a rich source of many other nutrients and bioactive compounds, similar to other whole-plant foods, such as fruits and vegetables. Additional studies during the next decade will delineate additional healthful nutrients of these foods.


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