Everyone LOVES Nuts.
But they are high in fats, so they’re kind of like a guilty pleasure right?
NO! In reality this is far from the truth. It is true that nuts are high in fats, but they are the good fats or unsaturated fats. Eating unsaturated fats keeps blood cholesterol levels low, reduces the chances of heart attack and of getting other lifestyle threatening diseases. To find out more check out our article on “Getting Nutty about your health.
Snack Mixes of healthy nuts contain proteins, minerals and other essential nutrients. Scientific studies have shown that not only are nuts good for preventing heart diseases, but also aid in weight loss and prevention of accumulation of LDL or bad cholesterol. We discuss three of the healthiest nuts below, which you should add to your diet to reap healthy benefits:
Almonds are perhaps the most common nuts; they are used in all types of food from main courses to desserts, eaten raw and roasted. Just a small handful of almonds can provide up to 25% of your daily magnesium requirements and more calcium to strengthen your bones than by an equal amount of cow milk. They are also rich in many antioxidants including selenium & Vitamin E. due to their high fiber content; they are also believed to prevent colon cancer.
Walnuts are packed full of flavor and nutrients. Plus, if you get them in the shell you get to use a nut cracker which, i have to say is kind of fun. But if you’re looking for all the benefits without the work, just get ’em shelled, it doesn’t change the nutritional value. Craving a guilty pleasure, then throw some walnuts in a dessert like chocolate brownies or a cake. Or in the mood for something healthy, well up the flavor and nutritional quotient of a salad with a handful of walnuts. It’s no coincidence that walnuts look the human brain… ok maybe it is a coincidence, but it’s thought that walnuts help increase brain function, so eat some to get your brain juice going. Medical studies have shown that eating walnuts helps improve heart health, cognitive functions & also beneficial for reduction of many skin and bone conditions. Containing huge amount of an antioxidant called ellagic acid; studies have shown that walnuts contain more than 16 disease fighting poly-phenols.
- Pine nuts
Pine Nuts satisfy more than 70% of the body’s amino acids requirements. They contain a high concentration of Vitamin A, B complex, D and E. The exotic nut also rich in a special form of Vitamin P. Vitamin P is a vital fatty acid for the body similar to fish oil, that is well-known for reducing the LDL cholesterol level and keeping the arteries free of plaque & inflammation that may consequently lead to more serious heart diseases.
Plus they taste seriously awesome.
So what are you waiting for? Grab a handful of nuts and take take your first, tasty step toward leading a healthy lifestyle.