Want to Stay Healthy? Go Nuts
When most of us reach into a bag of trail mix, we try to maximize our yield of M&Ms or other sweet treats. But it’s really the mixture of nuts in that handful that will give you the important vitamins and compounds to keep you going strong. Nuts may even prevent against debilitating conditions later in life!
Here is an assorted collection of nuts to consider adding into your diet:
- Almonds. Almonds have a more pronounced benefit when eaten with their skins on. They are linked to weight loss and reduced insulin secretion, which lowers your risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
- Cashews. Cashews abound with minerals, such as iron, magnesium and copper. These minerals are linked to a multitude of health benefits, such as boosted immune function, better memory and cognitive functioning and stronger bones.
- Peanuts. Though they’re not actually “nuts”, peanuts still come packed with health benefits. They provide a large amount of protein and just a small amount of fat, and contain resveratrol, a compound that may protect against Alzheimer’s that is also found in red wine.
- Pistachios. These nuts reduce LDL cholesterol by up to 6 percent, helping keep the arteries clear of plaque. In addition, they contain a form of vitamin E that may reduce risk of certain types of cancer, as well as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Finally, their high potassium content is good for eye health.
If you’re looking for variety in your nut consumption, you might also want to try walnuts, hazelnuts and pecans, all of which also provide considerable health benefits. To learn more about nuts and other healthy nutrition options, check out our Home Care Assistance cookbook, Comfort Foods: A Healthy Twist on Classic Favorites
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