Nuts are a great source of protein, healthy fats (monounsaturated & polyunsaturated fats), vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants. Studies have shown that eating nuts in moderation (about a handful) can lower your risk for heart disease. Stick to the raw, unsalted type of nuts for a great snack or addition to a meal! A few examples of healthy nuts are:
Walnuts are high in Omega-3 Fatty Acids, which studies have shown lower fat levels and reduce the amount of plaque build up in the arteries.
Almonds are a good source of protein and are high in antioxidants, magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, and vitamin E. They are also high in monounsaturated fat, which is key in a heart-healthy diet. The healthy fat and protein help you to stay fuller longer, so a handful of almonds may help in weight management.
Cashews are high in iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and selenium. Iron is essential for red blood cell function and enzyme activity. Magnesium and phosphorus both promote bone growth. Zinc is essential to digestion and metabolism.
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