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Nutritional Value of Tree Nuts
by Jerry Henkin, NNGA Librarian

Oldways Preservation & Exchange Trust ( is a nonprofit food and nutrition education organization. Their mission is to inspire healthy eating through cultural food traditions and lifestyles. Nuts are a prominent ingredient in their suggestions for healthy eating. Oldways publishes books, posters, and brochures on healthy eating. In addition, Oldways sponsors culinary tours; trains food ambassadors to conduct workshops on traditional foods; promotes heritage diets: African, Asian, Latin American, Mediterranean, and Vegetarian/Vegan; and conducts supermarket dietician symposia to encourage supermarkets to work toward improving public health. See their informative web site and be inspired!

In 1994 the International Nut Council ( provided an educational research grant to Oldways to publish a summary report of the international symposium on the role of tree nuts in the healthy, traditional Mediterranean Diet. This resulted in "Tree Nuts, Health and the Mediterranean Diet". The book contains excerpts from the scientific presentations. Several of the presentations address the role of tree nuts in reducing the risk of diseases. The book also gives recipes on using walnuts, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, cashews, macadamia nuts, and pistachios in sauces, salads, baked goods, soups, and garnishes. These delicious recipes demonstrate how eating more plant based foods can reduce the amount of saturated fat that people eat, thus leading to better health.

In addition to donating this book to the NNGA Library, Oldways has donated two others: "The Oldways 4-Week Vegetarian & Vegan Diet Menu Plan" and "The Oldways 4-Week Mediterranean Diet Plan". All three books are available for loan to NNGA members. The last two can also be purchased from the Oldways web site at

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