Harvard Heart Letter

Get cracking: Why you should eat more nuts

Nuts are rich in unsaturated fats, fiber, and other nutrients with possible cardiovascular benefits.

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Munching a small handful every day may protect your heart.

If you're trying to eat a heart-friendly diet and avoid putting on weight, which snack makes more sense: a cup of pretzels or quarter-cup of mixed nuts? For about the same number of calories (between 160 and 170), the pretzels provide just over 1 gram of fat, while the peanuts have 14 grams of fat.

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