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Last updated: Jul 20, 2011

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It's nutty that nuts have such a poor reputation among many Americans. Misperceived as calorie-rich snacks that can make you fat, nuts are actually one of the smarter snacks you can choose -- especially if you're short on time and want a nutritious hit of energy. Your best bet: walnuts, which pack just the right combination of protein and energy-boosting monounsaturated fats. Walnuts also contain double the antioxidants of any other nuts. And like other types of nuts, they provide high-quality fiber and vitamins. Numerous studies have linked just an ounce of nuts a day to a reduced risk of heart disease and lower weight gain over time.

-- Paula Spencer Scott