Nuts To You!

More and more it is looking like eating nuts on a regular basis not only makes for a good snack but it just might make you live longer!

Several studies such as those fromHarvard School of Public Health, Adventist Health Study,
Iowa Women's Health Study
and The Nurse's Health Study have shown the those who ate some nuts each week has a lower incidence of heart attacks and strokes than other groups who did not eat nuts. One of these studies even weeded out smokers, meat eaters and other “high risk” types in the group and the facts still held up strongly. Evidence on this subject not only comes from the U.S. but there are also studies from the U.K. drawing similar conclusions.

The FDA, in fact, has give a “B” level approval to list healthful benefits for certain types of nuts, which means that there is strong and compelling evidence but no real hard scientific facts.

Many nuts are so low in carbohydrate value that they can fit into the Atkins diet plan as a snack, if done in moderation.

The first thing you need to note is that peanuts are not truly in the same category of foods as are almonds, pecans, hazelnuts or walnuts. The peanut is closer to a bean, but it has some similar health values, just not as intense as a walnut, which is one of the best nuts you can eat!

Nuts provide supplies of magnesium, copper, folic acid, vegetable protein, potassium and vitamin E, all of which are heart healthy.

While nuts are fatty, this fat is a “good” monohydrate fat that helps to produce HDL cholesterol which fights the coronary blocking LDL cholesterol by grabbing it and carrying the HDL off to the liver where it is processed into common body fats, HDL or flushed from the system. This means that eating nuts (along with apples, some types of bitter sweet cocoa based chocolates and red wine) is a type of coronary roto-rooter.

This does not mean to imply that if you are hold you need a by-pass operation eat lots of nuts will replace that surgery. It will takes years of eating nuts to correct minor problems in the body, but nothing except harsh chemicals and surgery has proven to be effective at unblocking a fully clogged blood passageway.

Also the type of nuts you eat are important. They should be dry roasted and unsalted. Hazelnuts, pecans, almonds and walnuts contain the high amount of positive properties. Macadamia nuts are not as good for you due to their higher fat content and should be avoid.

In most of the clinical studies only about 1 ounce of nuts per day was consumed. Those on weight reduction diets should watch these with care as they do have a high caloric content which can put you over the limit for a given day if you eat too many...

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