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Nuts are considered to be good fats.  It has been shown that regular consumption of nuts may decrease the likelihood of heart disease.  It is believed that nuts’ omega 3 fatty acid content is at least in part responsible for the beneficial effect on one’s cholesterol profile, thereby heart health.  Prior studies have shown that nuts lower lipoprotein(a) levels, an advanced marker for cardiovascular disease.
A recent study in the Archives of Internal Medicine analyzed 25 trials with 583 participants in seven countries, and found that when people ate a mean of 2.4 ounces of nuts (most commonly, walnuts and almonds), the result was  an estimated reduction of total cholesterol by 10.9 mg/dL, LDL reduction of 10.2 mg/dL, and a triglyceride decline of 20.6 mg/dL.  This was observed regardless of the type of nut one had on a regular basis.
So enjoy your delicious high protein snacks as they are heart healthy and may lower your cholesterol as well.
Source: Sabaté J et al. Nut consumption and blood lipid levels: A pooled analysis of 25 intervention trials. Arch Intern Med 2010 May 10; 170:821.
By Dr. Zina Kroner