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Ask Tufts Experts July 2008 Issue

Q: I read a report recently indicating that all nuts contain monosaturated fat. I thought this was true only of almonds, and that the rest contain polyunsaturated fat. Am I wrong?

Answer :  All popular nuts contain both types of fat— and the good news is that both mono- and polyunsaturated fat are “heart-healthy” compared to saturated and trans fats. According to the American Heart Asso ciation, “Monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats appear to not raise LDL cholesterol; some studies suggest they might even help lower LDL cholesterol slightly when eaten as part of a low-saturated and trans-fat diet.” Each type of nut does differ in its…

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