Nuts not only make tasty snacks and add flavor and crunch to other dishes, especially salads, but they are very healthy. Now don't go overboard but you really should eat about a handful of nuts a day. In addition to all the posts on this blog regarding nuts and their health benefits, recent research at Harvard University showed that eating 2.4 ounces of nuts a day can lower bad cholesterol by 7.4%. 2.4 ounces is approximately a handful of nuts. Not only do they lower bad cholesterol, they help to ward off both heart disease and cancer. Ying Bao, an epidemiologist who led the study, is quoted as saying, "People who ate a serving of nuts five or more times a week saw an 11 percent reduction in deaths due to cancer.
Now don't take this information and go buy a bag of salted or candy coated nuts. This information refers to plain nuts.