Going Nuts over Nuts – Why Nuts should be a part of your diet?
Although high in fat, Nuts are still one of the best snack options out there. Apart from the healthy fat, they are also a decent source of Fiber and Protein.
In this blog, we will cover different nuts and how they benefit you.
Here are some nutrients present in Almonds – Fat, Protein, Carbohydrates, Fibers, Vitamin E, and Magnesium. Certain studies have found that including almonds in your diet can help reduce ‘LDL Cholesterol’ or bad cholesterol and oxidized LDL Cholesterol. Hence, improving heart health.
Another commonly consumed nut, which is rich in nutrients of – Fat, Protein, Carbohydrates, Fibers, Vitamin E, and Magnesium. Similar to almonds in reducing bad cholesterol, pistachios also help in reducing risk factors of heart disease like – blood pressure, weight and oxidative status as well.
A good source of omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), Walnuts have a similar nutrient profile to that of Almond and Pistachios. Certain studies have suggested that apart from heart health, Walnuts consumption have shown signs of improvement in cognitive functions.
Other than the similar nutrient profile, Cashews have shown benefits for metabolic syndrome. Studies have shown that people with metabolic syndrome, who consumer Cashews in their diet have improved blood pressure figures.
Often used in desserts such pies or consumed just as it is, Pecans are nutritiously beneficial for your health. Pecans are high in antioxidants and help lower bad cholesterol as well.
How can things go wrong when you have such an elegant name!!! Due to dense monounsaturated fat in them, Macadamia nuts are majorly associated with heart health. Regular consumption of these can not only lower bad cholesterol but help with overall cholesterol as well.
- Brazil Nuts
A gift of the Amazon tree, Brazil nuts are an excellent source of ‘Selenium’ – a mineral with antioxidant properties.
Apart from its benefit for the heart, Hazelnut consumption has proven its benefits for lowering inflammation markers and better blood vessel function. Hazelnuts in diet help improve cholesterol levels and improve Vitamin E levels as well.
Peanuts belong to the legume family, which makes it different, however, the nutrient profile is quite similar to tree nuts. A study suggested that women who consumed peanut butter (non-sugar) had a lower rate of Type-2 Diabetes. Moreover, peanut consumption promotes heart health similar to other nuts.
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