Go Nuts for Better Health!
By Sara Butler
It might sound a little nuts, but nuts are actually really healthy. They’re high in fat, sure – but for the most part, it’s the kind of healthy fat your body needs to function properly. They also happen to be a stellar source of protein and fiber. Here are some of the most popular nuts available to you and why you should consider adding them to your diet!
The Nutty Facts
As mentioned, nuts are a great source of protein, fat, and fiber. The fats contained in nuts are of the monounsaturated variety, along with omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fats, which are really good for you.
Nuts also happen to pack a bunch of minerals and vitamins into their small packages. These vitamins and minerals are things such as magnesium and Vitamin E, both needed for a body that can avoid chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Just a handful of raw almonds daily can have a positive impact on your health. They may help with your cholesterol levels by reducing LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol – both of which are unhealthy for your heart. They may also help to work as a way to control your appetite and even lower blood pressure in people who are trying to achieve a healthy weight.
Pistachios happen to be very high in fiber, which is great for your blood sugar and your appetite. Another thing that sets apart this curious little nut from the rest of the pack is its packaging. Because you often can buy them still in the shell, it takes you longer to pry the nut from the shell. This means you will sit down and actually eat less of these nuts at a time, and you will eat them slowly too so you’ll feel satisfied with less.
Walnuts come out on top for one very important reason: They are a great source of ALA, an omega-3 fatty acid that helps to improve your risk factors for heart disease. Walnuts are also great for inflammation, an underlying factor to many chronic diseases that you may not even be aware you suffer from. Turns out that a walnut a day may just be able to keep the doctor away.
Nutrition advice comes and goes, so you may have been told at some point that the fat in nuts is something to avoid. That’s just not true! Don’t shy away from raw nuts in your diet – you’d be nuts to do so!