Studies have indicated many health benefits of eating nuts, which have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels, prevent heart disease, lower blood pressure and reduce inflammation. Nuts are excellent sources of a number of important nutrients, including essential amino acids, protein, antioxidants, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, in addition to containing folic acid, vitamins E and K, and necessary minerals. Despite these nutritional benefits, only about one third of Americans consume any nuts daily, a practice even endorsed as heart-healthy by the US FDA.

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