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  Federall Hill Gazette; December 2002

Mixed nuts, shrimp and avocado.

   Mixed Nuts give you a tremendous source of vitamin E, heart-healthy fats and virtually no saturated fats. In a study of 86,000 nurses, women who munched on at least five ounces of nuts a week had 33 percent fewer heart attacks than those who rarely ate nuts. A recent clinical trial finds that replacing dietary fat sources with three ounces of almonds significantly reduced artery-clogging LDL cholesterol, without affecting good cholesterol.
   Mixed nuts and peanuts are also very good source of protein. Peanut butter, the decades-proven food for children, is as good for them now as it was in the 1950 ' s.
    Shrimp is infamous for its cholesterol load, but an equivalent serving of beef has ten times as much saturated fat. Shrimp also has half the calories, and it contains some of the healthy fish fats. It raises the good cholesterol in blood to balance the bad stuff. In addition, water pollution does not affect shrimp, which makes it one of the safest seafoods .
    A medium avocado carries about 30 g. of fat, roughly the same amount as a Quarter Pounder with Cheese. But this comparison is misleading. Two-thirds of the fat in an avocado is monounsaturated - it can be good for your heart - while that burger is packed with artery-clogging saturated fat.
    Avocados are an excellent source of glutathione and phytosterol that appear to be potent cholesterol-lowering agents , and research indicates that glutathione may help prevent certain types of cancer, most notably of the mouth and pharynx. To top things off, ounce for ounce avocados contain more potassium, vitamin E, vitamin K, and B vitamins than any of the fresh fruits that Americans usually eat.
    Have a Happy New Year supper!
   Alex Tatevian, DA
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