You’d be totally nuts not to include these healthy nuts in your diet! We mean nuts like almonds, pistachios, walnuts, cashews, pecans, macadamia nuts, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, and peanuts. They contain healthy fats like monounsaturated fats, omega-6, and omega-3 polyunsaturated fats and are very good sources of protein and fiber. They also contain a high amount of vitamins and minerals like vitamin E and magnesium and provide a range of benefits that are beneficial to your body.
What Nuts Do!
Almonds reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol, oxidized LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol which are known to harm your heart health. Almonds also help in weight loss and lowering blood pressure which is exactly what your body needs in case you are obese or overweight.
Pistachios increase the amount of HDL (good) cholesterol which is good news for your body. They regulate your blood pressure and oxidative status which are positive for your heart health. Experts believe that pistachios also regulate the rise of blood sugar in your blood after a healthy meal.
Walnuts help in improving several heart disease risk factors due to the presence of omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). They increase the HDL (good) cholesterol in your body and decrease the amount of LDL (bad) cholesterol and total cholesterol as well. Recent studies have found that eating walnuts increase a measure of cognition in your brain that scientists call “Inferential reasoning” which is great news for people of all ages.
If you are suffering from metabolic syndrome you should eat good amounts of cashews as they improve blood pressure. They also increase the antioxidant potential of the diet you are on and improve the blood lipid levels in your body.
Pecans contain polyphenols which are compounds that work as antioxidants and consuming pecans also help in lowering the LDL (bad) cholesterol in your body. The same is the case with macadamia nuts which significantly lower the amounts of LDL (bad) cholesterol and total cholesterol in your body.
You can’t go wrong with including Brazil nuts in your diet as they contain selenium which acts as an antioxidant that prevents kidney disease. They also reduce cholesterol levels and if you have an obese teenager in your home then ensure he eats them as they the function of blood vessels.
Hazelnuts too reduce the levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol, total cholesterol, and triglycerides while good old peanuts help in fighting type-2 diabetes, asthma, and other allergic diseases.
You Cracked It!
Nuts are good for you! They are great to munch on, easy to procure, and beneficial for your health. So say hi to nuts and be sure to include them in your diet from now onwards.