Think the best diet foods are low in calories? Not always. Nuts are a fatty food that can keep you slim because they keep you full— and the protein they contain revs up metabolism. A study from the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, California, found that people who ate nuts daily lost 39 percent more weight than those who didn't, even though their calorie intake was the same. Still, most of us nibble on nuts in not-so- waistline-friendly ways: pecan pie for dessert, a bowl of cashews at a party, a handful (or two) of chocolate-covered peanuts. "Nuts are still high in calories—between 157 and 204 per ounce—so the amount you eat and the way you serve them make all the difference," says Penny M. Kris-Etherton, Ph.D., R.D., a professor of nutrition at Penn State. "To get the benefits without going overboard, make nuts part of a meal." Instead of just tossing a handful into your salad, yogurt, or oatmeal, get more from nuts with these three delicious dishes.
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Lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer—and keep your weight in check—with these easy, tasty nut recipes. Recipes with Nuts
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All nuts are rich in vitamin E, magnesium, protein, and fiber, but these picks go beyond that. Alternate the types you eat to get the maximum benefits.
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