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Nuts: Optimum Fats for Optimum Health


Did you ever think…Maybe squirrels are onto something? I mean with the consuming of nuts. If you have ever seen any of the Ice Age movies, the squirrel character is constantly pillaging for that one nut. But when it comes to the nutritional density of nuts, we should all be pillaging for nuts. Nuts have been part of man’s diet since the prehistoric era and for good reason.


Some of the nutrients nuts contain are:

♥ Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids (fats); Omega-3s

♥ Protein

♥ Fiber

♥ Folate

♥ Vitamin E

♥ Plant Sterols - May reduce the risk for heart disease by blocking the absorption of cholesterol within the small intestine.


Possible benefits of eating nuts:

♥ The reduction or serum cholesterol levels

♥ Lowered risk of coronary heart disease

♥ Lowering inflammation


What types of nuts are best to consume?

When compared in nutrient content most nuts are relatively similar. Although some nuts may contain slightly more or less in one or two nutrient categories, they are all nutrient dense. Just be sure when consuming nuts to choose raw over roasted and keep portions to about 100 calories or 12-15 nuts for a snack. When choosing nut butters, only purchase the ones with just nuts and salt if you choose. The processed nut butters can contain unhealthy fats and sugars. Read labels to make sure, even organic nut butters can have added sugar. If you like roasted nuts, purchase them raw and then roast at home. The commercial roasting process exposes nuts to oxidation, mold and other toxins.


Fun Fact: Did you know that peanuts are not actually nuts? They are actually termed as a legume which is an edible seed that grows in a type of pod. Peanuts are not as healthy as nuts, so try sticking to almonds, pecans, walnuts, etc.


 Go nuts for nuts! 


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