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How many nuts should you eat for your health?

Friday - 11/22/2013, 1:15pm  ET

FILE - This Nov. 21, 2008 file photo shows shelled pecans at the Navarro Pecan Company in Corsicana, Texas. Help yourself to some nuts this holiday season: Regular nut eaters were less likely to die of cancer or heart disease, in fact, were less likely to die of any cause during a 30-year Harvard study.(AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

PAMELA SAMPSON
AP Business Writer

New research suggests eating nuts regularly can help lower your risk of death, particularly from cancer and heart disease. Some advice on adding nuts to your diet:

HOW MUCH:

The American Heart Association recommends four servings of unsalted nuts a week. A serving is a small handful -- 1.5 ounces of whole nuts -- or 2 tablespoons in nut butter form. For example, there are about 23 almonds in a serving.

WHAT KIND:

Peanuts or tree nuts including almonds, walnuts, cashews and pistachios. Eat them as a snack or add to other foods.

WATCH OUT:

Nuts have a lot of nutrients but they also have a lot of calories. A serving of peanuts or almonds is about 240 calories.


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