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Jan 26, 2005 09:39 PM

Fat content of nuts

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Just an 'fyi'... wanted to post this for informational purposes stemming from a recent thread about 'breakfast on the go.' I mentioned almonds and someone else mentioned cashews, etc. This chart shows the difference in sat fat between different nuts; cashews, macadamias and brazil nuts appear to have the highest fat content of the nuts listed...2 articles I 'googled' reported that almonds can actually lower LDL levels (bad cholesterol) below.


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  1. Thanks for this link. I love nuts. My husband has to lower his cholesterol and loves nuts, so this info really comes in handy.

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    1. re: desert rat

      Other foodstuffs reported to be functional in lowering LDL cholesterol are oatmeal (specifically oatbran), flax seed, and cinnamon.

      I got slapped for my cholesterol last September, so I cut my egg intake to two a week and started eating a breakfast high in oats, almonds, flax meal and cinnamon. I also cut back a little on red meats and cheeses. By December, I'd lowered my LDL by 40 points.

      1. re: GG Mora

        Blueberries are also helpful. And for many people, exercise is even more helpful than dietary changes.

    2. Cashews? one of us is looking at the chart wrong, they look to be on the low end to me.

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      1. re: danna

        One of us sure is looking at it wrong. Brazil nuts, macadamias, cashews and pine nuts are the only 4 listed with 9g or more saturated fatty acids. Looks like the high end to me.

        1. re: Autumnwine

          Oh, I didn't notice that Val was talking about SAT fat. I'm not very interested in that distinction (because my diet is low in Sat fat already), I'm just interested in the total fat content. Almonds, Cashews and Pistachios win that contest.

          I should read more carefully.

      2. As I understand it, it's what kind of fat that matters. I have read in several places that linoleic acid, which walnuts have in good measure, is the fat that lowers bad cholesterol. The American Dietetic Association used to have a for-fee telephone number that you could call (and be billed about $1 a minute) to talk to a registered dietitian for good information about such matters. Does anyone know if this service is still up? Or maybe there's something online now?