Perhaps you like almonds. They are a tasty snack after a workout or before a big exam. What perhaps you did not know, is that nuts are loaded with many healthy qualities. For example, a diet that includes nuts can promote weight loss, and the maintenance of a healthy weight. If that's not a good reason to grab a handful today, we don't know what is!
Nuts Reduce Your Chances of Obesity
A recent study at Loma Linda University demonstrated that those who eat nuts may reduce their chances of gaining weight significantly. The study examined 373,000 individuals between the ages of 25 and 70, and found that people with nuts in their diets are more likely to reduce weight gain and lower the risk of obesity. The study included peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios and walnuts, so pick your favorite. A great way to enjoy your favorite nuts is to have them along with our Celebrate The Morning Kit.
Nuts Are Packed with Nutrients
If you were stranded on a desert island, having nuts in your survival pack would be very beneficial. Nuts are easy to store, and easy to pack on the go. Nutritionally, they offer energy, good fats, protein, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. They also reduce inflammation, and may reduce your chances of developing a blood clot. Some of the beneficial nutrients most nuts contain are:
Unsaturated fats- It is thought that these good fats help to lower bad cholesterol levels.
Omega 3 fatty acids- help to strengthen the heart, (perhaps by preventing dangerous rhythms).
Fiber- lowers cholesterol and helps prevent Type 2 diabetes.
L-arginine- This substance may make the artery walls more flexible and less prone to clots.
Vitamin E- Thought to help stop plaque development in your arteries.
Plant Sterols- Help lower cholesterol.
Age Like a Rock Star
Studies also indicate that nuts may play a role in healthy aging and memory function. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition Health and Aging indicates that regular nut intake (and walnuts in particular) may increase cognitive abilities in older women.
Try to obtain the nuts as fresh as possible to fully benefit from their nutritional value (Farmers Markets can be a good source of fresh nuts). For a delicious snack, try roasting them in the oven at low heat (250-300 degrees F) for 10 minutes.