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Nuts are a great source of important nutrients for the body. They contain protein, fiber, and essential fats. Contrary to the popular belief that eating nuts can make a person fat because of their high oil content, studies have shown that many types of nuts are important to a healthy diet. Though nuts are high in fat, much of that fat is the heart-healthy type. Several varieties of nuts may even lower LDL cholesterol levels. The trick is to balance the good fats and the bad. Saturated fats are considered “bad fats.” Here’s a quick breakdown of nuts and their respective fat content:

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High saturated fat:

  • Brazil nuts
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Cashews

Moderate saturated fat:

  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Pistachios

Low saturated fat:

  • Hazelnuts (think Nutella)
  • Almonds
  • Chestnuts

Health Benefits

Eating different varieties of nuts regularly may bring about the following health benefits:

  • Several varieties of nuts, when added to the diet, may lower the blood sugar levels of people with diabetes.
  • Pecans, walnuts, and some other nut varieties contain an important compound that lowers cholesterol levels. The monounsaturated fats in nuts are heart friendly and are believed to lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
  • Nuts may help diminish inflammation. They may also delay the cognitive decline of the elderly.
  • Nuts boost brain function because they contain folate that helps in brain development. Folate may also help prevent depression. Peanuts are especially high in folate.

Drain Clogging

So what does all of this have to do with plumbing? While fiber in nuts helps facilitate human digestion, nuts can be hard on the “digestion” of your kitchen sink. If you buy whole nuts (with the shells on), make sure to throw those shells into the garbage rather than the disposal. Nut shells can wear out disposal blades and can also clog pipes. You may be able to get the nut material out yourself, but you may need the help of a professional plumber with a plumbing snake or forced water system.