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Are almonds the healthiest nuts?

Are almonds the healthiest nuts?

Almonds certainly get a lot of press. In fact, a new study from Loma Linda University found that almonds may help prevent diabetes by improving insulin sensitivity and lowering the bad LDL cholesterol in people who have prediabetes. But other nuts deserve some glory too, says Ann Lee, a naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist in Lancaster, Pa. Most nuts contain polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are good for your heart -- and even ward off gum disease, according to recent studies.

Cashews contain oils that may inhibit cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth. Walnuts, hazelnuts, pine nuts and pecans, in particular, are loaded with omega-3s, which have been linked to brain and heart health. And don’t forget Brazil nuts: They are rich in selenium, an antioxidant that guards against heart disease and boosts immune function.

To get more nuts into your daily diet, try toting them along as snacks. Eat a variety to get all the perks.



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