Nuts, in general, are the richest source of natural vitamin E and also have many fatty acids that are of benefit in a wide variety of conditions. While nuts contain fat and thus more calories than some other foods, there have not been any studies showing weight gain to result from the additional calories derived from eating nuts.
Raw nut and seed consumption supports general health and benefits the circulatory system.
So-called "good fats" that come from raw nuts and seeds are an important part of protecting the cardiovascular system. Pecans, for example, will lower total cholesterol, triglycerides, apolipoprotein B and lipoprotein(a). [A Monounsaturated Fatty Acid Rich Pecan Enriched Diet Favorably Alters the Serum Lipid Profile of HealthyMen and Women, Jnu 2001;131: pp.2275-2279]
Whole almonds or almond oil (replacing half of the habitual fat intake) reduced plasma triglyceride, total and LDL-cholesterol concentrations, and increased HDL-cholesterol levels in a trial of 22 men and women with normal lipid levels. [J Nutr 2002;132(4): pp.703-707]
Despite their caloric density, a 2003 review of all the research on the matter concluded eating nuts every day might actually help one maintain or even lose weight. [American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 78 (2003): p.647s]
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