Planters goes nuts with a healthful snack

Peanuts, almonds and pistachio could be a heart-healthy mix.
Peanuts, almonds and pistachio could be a heart-healthy mix.

OK, guys, we like nuts and we know the benefits of healthful snacking, right? So the folks at Planters (part of the Kraft Foods Group) — with “input” from Men’s Health magazine — is now marketing NUT-trition, a blend of very lightly sea-salted peanuts, almonds and pistachios.

The “Men’s Health-recommended mix” has seven grams of protein and 14 grams of fat per serving (but no cholesterol), plus seven vitamins and minerals, including antioxidant vitamin E. It’s a “good source of fiber,” adds the label on the 10.25-ounce can ($6.99).

Then there’s this wimpy message about the product being “heart healthy”: “Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol and not resulting in increased caloric intake may reduce the risk of heart disease.”

Which is safe language that removes the risk from any straightforward claims Kraft may have been tempted to make. Bottom line: Nuts are good for us, and NUT-trition can’t hurt. Especially when we add the nut mixture to our breakfast yogurt. You are eating yogurt at breakfast, right guys? Guys? Hello?

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