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Editor's e-Note
Going Nuts

For many years, I avoided buying nuts whenever I shopped at the grocery store because I believed they were just too high in fat and calories, and therefore not a good snack choice. Boy, was I wrong. It’s true that nuts are higher in fat than, say, fruits, vegetables, and legumes, but they contain healthful fats, lots of protein, and heart-healthy nutrients. And when they’re part of a plant-based diet, the health benefits are even more plentiful.

This month’s E-News Exclusive discusses the fact that these crunchy, nutrient-rich morsels provide special benefits for plant-based eaters and can contribute to greater heart health and lower mortality when incorporated into a plant-based eating pattern.

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— Judith Riddle, editor
Field Notes
The Role of Nuts in Plant-Based Diets
By Sharon Palmer, RD

Tree nuts, including almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, walnuts, and peanuts, are a nutrient-rich plant food that can provide important vitamins and minerals for people following plant-based diets. A recent increase in interest regarding plant-based eating patterns has been observed: Four percent of adults described themselves as vegetarian and 1% as vegans, yet 47% reported that they frequently eat vegetarian meals.1

Plant-based diets are associated with many health benefits, such as a lower risk of death from ischemic heart disease; lower BMI, LDL cholesterol, and blood pressure; and lower rates of overall cancer, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes. In fact, increased intake of nuts, as well as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and soy products, are protective components within a plant-based diet.2 The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, interpreted in MyPlate, now suggest consuming a plant-based diet, with recommendations to fill at least three-fourths of the plate with plant foods and include more plant protein foods in the diet, such as nuts.3

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Other News
New Guidelines Say Kids Should Get Cholesterol Tests
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently revised guidelines for annual well-child visits, adding a recommendation that children aged 9 to 11 get a lipid screen, as reported in the Chicago Tribune.

Raw Milk Doesn’t Help Lactose Intolerance
According to TIME, a new study reports that lactose-intolerant people have the same symptoms from raw and pasteurized milk.
Field Notes
New School Standards Increase Fruit, Vegetable Consumption

New federal standards launched in 2012 that require schools to offer more healthful meals have led to increased fruit and vegetable consumption, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers. The study, the first to examine school food consumption both before and after the standards went into effect, contradicts criticisms that the new standards have increased food waste.

“There’s a push from some organizations and lawmakers to weaken the new standards. We hope the findings, which show that students are consuming more fruits and vegetables, will discourage those efforts,” says lead author Juliana Cohen, ScD, research fellow in the department of nutrition at HSPH.

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