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Go Nuts, For Your Heart's Sake

Go Nuts, For Your Heart's Sake

If you're nuts about nuts, you're going to love this news: adding a handful of nuts to your daily diet for a year could help undo the risk factors associated with heart disease. In a recent Spanish study, researchers discovered that those who ate a healthy diet full of fruits, veggies, and fish and included three whole walnuts, seven or eight whole hazelnuts, and seven or eight whole almonds a day actually reduced their belly fat and blood pressure levels.

Since nuts are also chock full of unsaturated fat (healthy fat), the study suggests that the diet can lower the incidence of high LDL (bad) cholesterol. Nuts also contain anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants such as vitamin E.

So enjoy a handful of mixed nuts for a snack in place of crackers or chips, or sprinkle them on your yogurt instead of granola. Besides helping your heart, cashews, almonds, walnuts, peanuts, and other nuts contain protein and fiber, so they'll keep you satisfied longer, helping you eat less throughout the day.


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Jabbadoo Jabbadoo 8 years
Just make sure you eat the nuts raw.. you drastically reduce the health benefits of the oil/fat in nuts if they've been processed (roasting heats the oils in the nuts up too high). I started adding a handful of raw walnuts to my yogurt every day since summer, and I swear it's made a HUGE difference in my skin. (I didn't have bad skin, acne etc, but I really seem to look healtheir and glowy now) Nuts are GREAT!
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 8 years
Boo. SO allergic.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
Lol. i love nuts, but most of the time i eat them they're either salted or candied. Cinnamon sugared almonds are my fave. Does that count for nut intake? :)
mtiger mtiger 8 years
I eat peanuts like every day. Do they count? :)
Tiger_Lily Tiger_Lily 8 years
I'm confused.. Can you spot reduce fat?
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i'm so happy to hear that there are more health benefits to eating nuts since i go through phases where that's about all i eat :) they really are good for you and there's a lot of different ways that you can include them into your diet.
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