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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Surprising Feel-Good Food


Nuts

Nuts are flat-out brain food.


Researchers have credited almonds and walnuts, for example, with helping fight Alzheimer’s disease and depression. Here’s an added benefit from nuts, including peanuts, which, technically are legumes: Purdue University researcher Richard Mattes has performed a number of studies related to satiety. He has consistently found that people feel more full—and less jittery, hungry, stressed or all those things—when they eat a handful of nuts before a meal. Nuts do this better than rice cakes (seemingly healthier), pickles (heavier food density) or chestnuts (fattier). Nuts also are well fortified with the brain-boosting chemical choline.

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