Because they replace foods that may be less healthy¸ nuts may help lower cholesterol
Nuts contain heart healthy mono- and poly-unsaturated fats
Walnuts contain omega-3 fats which have a wide-range of purported benefits, including protection against irregular heart beat
Nuts contain a variety of nutrients – arginine, fiber, vitamin E – that may improve blood vessel function and help lower cardiovascular risk factors
Nuts make great snacks
and can serve as a great replacement for some of the unhealthier snack options that many people reach for when they are hungry. Because of nuts fat and protein content, a few nuts can go a long way towards satisfying, and staving off, hunger.
Practice moderation in all things, including your intake of nuts. Over eating is over eating, regardless of how “healthy” a food may be, and excess calories from any source of food can result in a gain of body weight. Limit yourself to a handful or two of nuts at snack time and you’ll improve your chances of deriving the benefits offered by nuts.
You don’t just have to eat peanuts, as there are plenty of nut varieties
- Brazil nuts
Make nuts a part of your regular diet.