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Eating nuts as part of a healthy diet can be good for the heart. They may reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL or "bad") cholesterol levels. Eating nuts may decrease the risk of developing blood clots that can lead to a heart attack. Try a small handful of nuts every day. Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Almonds, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts and pecans also are very heart healthy. Even peanuts, which are technically not a nut, but a legume, can be good for you. Of course, choosing nuts coated in sugar or salt may cancel out their heart-healthy benefits.
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