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How can nuts be good for your health if they are fattening?

Nuts can be a part of a heart-healthy diet as they lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad,” cholesterol. Elevated LDL is one of the primary causes of heart disease, so nut's ability to lower LDL cholesterol is terrific. Eating nuts may reduce your risk of developing blood clots that can cause a fatal heart attack, and may improve the health of the lining of your arteries. They contain fiber, omega-3 fatty-acids, and antioxidants like vitamin E.

However, you need to watch your portions with nuts. While they are loaded with nutrients, they also have lots of fat and calories. If eaten in excess, nuts can cause weight gain -- which is actually a strong predictor of heart disease! So, enjoy nuts, but sparingly. A single serving of nuts is about 1 ounce (about 30 peanuts or 25 almonds). Make sure to replace the other fats in your diet when you include nuts, not just add them to the total.

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