Nuts are Great for Your Health and Your Heart
All nuts are good for your health and they are a smart snacking choice.
Adding an ounce of nuts per day to a Mediterranean diet can lower your risk of heart disease by 30%. Let’s take a look at some nuts that are really good for your heart health.
Almonds can lower your cholesterol and they can help you lose body fat! They can lower your bad cholesterol level and help keep the plaque out of your coronary arteries which prevents heart attacks. In fact, the more almonds you eat, the lower your LDL or bad cholesterol level. Almonds can also help reduce your risk of insulin resistance and diabetes.
People who eat 3 oz of almonds a day combined with a healthy diet lost more weight and saw a 14% decrease in waist size. So if you want to lower your cholesterol and lose weight, start eating some almonds!
Another nut that helps your heart is pistachios. Eating 1.5 oz of these green nuts each day can lower your blood pressure. They are also good for people who have diabetes. Pistachios help lower the LDL cholesterol and they can help reduce the risk of diabetes related disease in the heart arteries. They also help lower your stress level!
Walnuts contain 47% polyunsaturated fatty acids which are the “healthy” fats. They contain alpha-linoleic acid which is an anti-inflammatory and it helps reduce the plaque build up in the heart arteries. They also lower your cholesterol level and can help lower your risk of heart disease.
Peanuts/peanut butter can also lower your risk of diabetes and lower your cholesterol level.
Peanuts take a bad wrap as being the least healthy nut. However, eating peanuts and peanut butter can also help reduce heart disease. If you eat 1 oz of nuts or 1 tablespoon of peanut butter five days a week, you can lower your risk of heart disease by more than 44%.
Remember, nuts are a great source of energy and they can help you lose weight when you eat them in moderation. However, if you eat too many you will gain weight and not enjoy the heart and health benefits. Choose unsalted or raw nuts instead of salted or dry roasted. Go Nuts!!