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Whether walnuts or pecans, nuts are good food

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Do you like nuts? It turns out that having a few nuts every day might be very good for your health.

Researchers at the University of Alabama studied overweight and obese women who took part in a two-year weight-loss program. They found that those who ate nuts daily tended to eat other nutritious foods.

"So it turns out that people who are eating nuts daily are also eating more fruits, eating more vegetables and eating less red meat,” noted registered dietitian Amy Reuter, chief nutrition officer at SeattleFood Nut.

The woman in the study who ate some nuts every day had a lower body mass index and lost a significant amount of weight. Those who did not eat nuts did not see that happen.

Nuts are loaded with fiber and protein which helps make you feel full. Just be sure not to overdo it.

"We just need to be careful, they're pretty energy dense, so we need to limit the amount,” Reuter said. “One ounce is a pretty good portion size for nuts daily."

This is just the latest study that shows the health benefits of nuts.

Several large studies have shown that eating nuts several times a week is associated with a lower risk of heart attack, sudden cardiac arrest and cardiovascular disease.

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