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In recent years there has been a growing number of new findings on the nutritional benefits of nuts Numerous epidemiological studies suggest that higher consumption of plant products (fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains) is associated with a decreased risk of heart disease, cancer, and possibly other chronic diseases.There are many indications that, in addition to antioxidant vitamins, a variety of phytochemicals may contribute to these health benefits of plant-derived foods.There are a variety of candidates – including fiber, arginine, the lysine:arginine ratio, copper, magnesium, phenolic compounds, and phytosterols.Similarly, phenolic compounds as well as phytosterols are thought to be among the plant constituents that play a role in lowering the risk of various cancers. Scientists compared the effects of whole almonds vs. almond oil consumption on plasma lipids and reduced cardiovascular risk in healthy men and women.They found that with either whole almonds or almond oil there was a 54% increase in monounsaturated fat in diet, decreased saturated fat and cholesterol intake, and no significant changes in total energy, total or polyunsaturated fat intake.They concluded that whole almonds and almond oil did not differ in their beneficial effects suggesting that the favorable effect is due to components in the almond oil fraction. However it happens, the message is the same—nuts are good for you, if eaten the right way.Eat nuts instead of chips or chocolate as a snack.They’ll take the edge off hunger every bit as well as true junk food, they taste as good as or better than junk food, and they provide healthy nutrients to boot. Source:http://www.nuthealth.org/nutrition.php3?action=reference#h