Sweets Vs dry fruits. It`s an ongoing, closely fought battle for demand this Diwali. But many in Chennai seem to be picking almonds and pistas instead of those ghee rich ladoos and mysurpas. Never mind if they are twice as expensive, with diabetes on the rise in the city, the calorie count gives dry fruits a clear edge. Almonds and walnuts, for instance, consumed in moderation are said to have properties that can increase your good cholesterol.