Out with the old: Nuts are high in saturated fat, which could lead to an increased risk of heart disease, so you shouldn’t eat them often. In with the new: Lisa Moskovitz, RD, CDN, and founder of Manhattan-based private practice, The NY Nutrition Group says, “While nuts and seeds do contain some saturated fats, they’re also chock full of nutrients from heart-healthy fiber, MUFAS (mono-unsaturated fats), omega-3s, bone-building magnesium, calcium and energizing iron.”
Unfortunately, this old wisdom is still interfering with our healthy choices now. For example, KIND recently came under fire for making the claim that its snack bars are “healthy.” And even though they’re made with whole nuts, fruits, whole grains, and ingredients you can pronounce, the FDA standards prevent fatty foods like almonds, coconut, and sunflower seeds from being branded as “healthy” because these foods contain more than 1 gram of saturated fat. (For some perspective, this same criterion would allow a non-fat pudding to be considered “healthy.” That’s some outdated thinking if you ask us.) Many studies have linked consumption of nuts to lower rates of heart disease (yes, even in lieu of their saturated fat content!), type 2 diabetes and total mortality, but because they’re high in calories, just be sure to eat them in moderation.