Thursday, October 18, 2007

The healthy side of beer and nuts

Ever sit at a bar [or at home] watching the game drinking beer and eating nuts and wonder if it was healthy or not? Well it might be better for you than you think. Eating nuts, almonds and walnuts are considered the best, boost good cholesterol, HDL, and lower bad cholesterol, LDL. Also Swedish researchers have found that the fat and fiber in nuts slow down the absorption of alcohol, smoothing out the effects of moderate alcohol consumption. While eating nuts, the alcohol in beer acts as a blood thinner and helps prevent blood clots. In both cases, though, moderation is key. For best results, it is recommended that you try to eat about 15 minutes before taking that first drink.

So as you sit down tonight to root for your favorite baseball team, why not try a handful of almonds with your octoberfest, it just might be good for you.

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