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Go NuTs for NUTS!

Some people might be  afraid to consume nuts due to their high fat content! But it is not always about calories and weight gain when it come to nutrition.

There are  things beyond that :)

In a study published in Nutrition Research and Practise, peanuts showed to to offer protective effects against heart diseases, diabetes, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, and obesity.

These healthy monounsaturated fat snacks have lots of protein (which are used in high protein diets), are full of fiber (give us the feeling of satiety) and are so rich in vitamins and antioxidants!

GO NUTS!

Brazil nuts:

Brazil nuts are one of the most concentrated food sources of selenium,  about 70-90 micrograms per nut. Selenium enables your thyroid to produce more thyroid hormones, and lower the risk of joint inflammation .

This kind of nuts is so powerful in preventing prostate and breast cancer.

Walnuts:

This kind of nuts is the highest in omega-3 fatty acids, which is also found in salmon and tuna.

As you know by now, omega-3 plays a big role in decreasing triglyceride levels, slows the growth of plaques in the arteries, and is important for normal brain functions.

Almonds:

Almonds are an excellent source of magnesium, iron, potassium, and vitamin E, the good fat needed for heart health.

All these vitamins and minerals play a key role in preventing blood cotting in the heart, in mainating healthy blood pressure levels, in lowering the chances of heart attacks and stokes.

When chewing slowly this specific nut, enzymes that give a satiety feeling are released, so take your time to chew it!

Cashew nut:

In addition to the other vitamins ans minerals listed above, Cashew nuts is also rich in phosphorus,  essential for bone  and  teeth health, in zinc, needed for growth and body metabolism.

After all these unique benefits found in one kind of food, nuts deserve to be kept in your kitchen!

30 grams of nuts ( 1 serving) have 45 calories and 5 grams of fat, so you can have it daily as a snack!

Stick to the raw and unsalted variety! ;)

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Printed from: http://eatlikemira.com/2010/07/24/go-nuts-for-nuts/ .
© Eat Like Mira 2017.

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