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Do Nuts Contain Cholesterol?

Gregg Carroll - Monday, May 13, 2013

NO. Nuts do not contain cholesterol. Cholesterol is exclusive only to animal and animal products, no plant food is a source of cholesterol. Nuts contain plantsterols or phytosterols that have excellent health enhancing properties. Phytosterols are a group of more than 200 naturally occurring compounds with the capacity to inhibit the absorption of dietary cholesterol and lower serum cholesterol. Walnuts provide vital omega-3 fatty acids in addition to the vitamin E, trace minerals, and fiber that other nuts contain. One ounce of pistachios contains more fiber than a half-cup of spinach and the same amount as an orange or apple. These nuts also are good sources of vitamin B-6, thiamin, copper, phosphorus, and magnesium. It is recommended that one should consume an ounce of nut everyday as a part of a wholesome diet for significant health benefits.

Phytosterols in nuts (mg/100 gram):

Almonds: 187mg; Brazil Nuts: 95mg; Cashews: 138mg; Hazel Nuts: 120mg; Macadamia Nuts: 198mg; Pecans: 150; Pine Nuts: 198mg; Pistachios: 280mg; Walnuts: 113mg.

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