It's OK To Go Nuts!
Eating nuts can absolutely be part of your healthy diet, but yes, they are high in calories. And, if you eat one, you want 100! Nuts taste so good and are so easy to just keep eating and eating. Nuts are a perfect snack to eat while on the go, at work, driving in your car, or relaxing at home.
You will need to eat nuts in moderation so you are not adding a lot of calories to your diet. It would be best not to eat more than 2 oz. of nuts a day. Also, if you are looking for weight loss, it would be much healthier to substitute nuts for chips and high calorie snacks.
Studies have shown that those who eat nuts on a regular basis have lower risks of heart disease. The studies have also shown that men who eat nuts at least twice a week had reduced risks of sudden cardiac arrest, and women who eat nuts at least four times a week are 40% less likely to die from heart disease.
Walnuts, cashews, almonds, pecans and peanuts can help clear your mind and help you think clearer, and help balance your moods!
Walnuts have been referred to as "the brain food", as the walnut looks a lot like the brain. Walnuts contain omega 6 fatty acids, omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, and are high in protein. Because of these nutrients, walnuts are a great source for your nervous system.
Having essential fatty acids in your diet can help promote healthy, younger looking skin, healthy hair, help your adrenal, and thyroid function. Not having enough of these fatty acids in your body, you can possibly lead to liver problems, being irritable, moody, gallstones, dry hair and dry skin.
Pecans, peanuts, almonds and cashews contain a high amount of magnesium, which can help to open the blood vessels in your brain and your body. Almonds are also high in riboflavin which can help improve your memory. Pecans and peanuts contain choline, which helps brain function, development and memory.
Other studies have shown that adults with high blood cholesterol level can lower both their total and LDL levels by eating nuts instead of eating other types of snacks.
Once you open a can or container of nuts, it is best to keep them in the refrigerator to help preserve them. If you have nuts that are still in their shells, they can be kept in a dry location for a few months. (you want to keep the nuts from going bad)
In addition to nuts, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds can offer the same health benefits as nuts.
Flax seeds may be really small, but don't let the size fool you! Flax seeds are loaded with nutrients, fiber, antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acids. Flax seeds are also high in magnesium, manganese, and B vitamins. The high fiber content in flax seeds can help lower your cholesterol, help maintain blood sugar, and help with the function of your intestines.
Sunflower seeds are high in Vitamin E. Vitamin E has anti-inflammatory effects that can help reduce the risk of colon cancer, rheumatoid, and osteoarthritus. Vitamin E can help reduce the risk of a heart attack. Sunflower seeds also are a good source of magnesium which can help lower your blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack.
Pumpkin seeds are one of the most flavorful and nutritious seeds. Pumpkins are high in zinc, which studies have shown can help maintain a healthy prostate and bone mineral density. Pumpkins seeds are also a very good source of iron, copper and protein.