EATING HEALTHY – A NUTTY SIDE TO YOUR DIET

2017-07-04 | 1,015 Views

Looking for a savory snack that's filling yet bursting with healthy nutrients? Look no further than nuts! Intake of 1–2 ounces of unsalted nuts every day is enough to deliver the required amount of daily nutrients contained in nuts. If you're concerned about watching your weight and cholesterol levels, there are different options that will ensure you get the best from the nuts, while helping with your other health objectives. This article covers different varieties of nuts and quick facts about their benefits.

* Pistachios – The Slimming Nut
Each pistachio nut contains less than four calories; but is high in iron, protein and magnesium, which help to control blood pressure. Consuming it with its shell increases fiber content, and makes a wholesome snack for dieters by ensuring that they snack longer, but eat less.

* Almonds – The Happy Nut
Almonds contain tryptophan, an amino acid that stimulates the production of serotonin in your brain. Serotonin is a 'feel good' hormone which helps ward off depression and promotes a more relaxed state. Certain studies further show that almonds help control blood sugar and boost the immune system – so there's more to be happy about.

* Hazelnuts – The All-Round Healthy Nut
Whether eaten or used for pharmaceutical or cosmetic purposes, hazelnuts have a wide range of benefits; from the high levels of monounsaturated fats which improve cardiovascular health; to the rich dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals which help protect from diseases and cancers; and also the antioxidant vitamin E, which may prevent cataracts and macular degeneration, maintain healthy skin, and reduce risk of dementia.

* Cashew Nuts – The Brain Nut
Cashew nuts are very rich in iron and zinc. Iron is vital to the production of hemoglobin in red blood cells, and helps deliver oxygen to all cells in the body, including the brain. Zinc is also crucial for a healthy immune system and healthy vision. Cashew also contains magnesium which boosts memory retention and prevents age-related memory loss.

* Peanuts – The B Vitamins Nut
Peanuts are an excellent source of folate, riboflavin and niacin – all B vitamins that are essential for healthy metabolism, growth and reproduction. Peanuts also have important benefits for your heart because they contain omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, which help maintain healthy joints and brain functions.