They used to think that nuts were high in fat and should be avoided. That's before we knew the difference between good fats and bad fats. Nowadays, we know that nuts contain a lot of good fats and the cardiovascular benefits are tremendous. They are also filling and serve as a good snack on the Alo Diet.
Because they contain a lot of calories, we can only recommend two handfuls per day, since you still want to keep your calorie count lower. The nuts should also be raw, not roasted, cooked, baked, grilled, or fried. They conatin the most antioxidants, Omega-3s, and nutrients in their raw format.
So, while nuts are relatively high in fat, they're high in unsaturated fats (the good fats), as well as being high in omega-3s, fiber, and antioxidants. Recently, a number of studies have linked eating nuts to better cardiovascular health and improved cholesterol levels.
People who eat two handfuls (about 30 almonds) per day for a month have been found to be able to lower their LDL (bad cholesterol) by 5-10%.
People who eat two handfuls of pecans a day for four weeks were able to lower their LDL by 10%.
Eating 1.6 ounces of walnuts per day for six weeks lowered total cholesterol and showed a 27% decrease in LDL.
Not bad for a nut!
Enjoy your nuts!