Thursday, June 19, 2014

Nuts to the Diet

The 2013 American Heart Association diet recommendations advocate eating more fruits and veggies, whole grains, legumes, fish, poultry, and especially nuts because they contain good fats and protein.  Foods to avoid include sugar, sodium and red meat.  My impression of the evidence is that lean red meat is not bad to eat in moderation.  Otherwise, I can live with the recommendations, except for the fact that many people have low-grade food allergies that they are not aware of.  You can be allergic to healthy foods, including nuts.  Gluten is a common problem.  Generally speaking, the diet should be individualized.  An Elisa blood test for food allergies is a good place to start.

See J. Am. Coll. Cardiol., Jan 28, 2014.

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