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Surprising Health Benefits of Nuts & Seeds

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Surprising Health Benefits of Nuts & Seeds

I love nuts and seeds.  I think I must have been a bird in a past life.  Good thing, too, as they are Powerfoods!

Don’t Be So Scared of the Fat:

A Nurses Health Study found that nurses who ate nuts five times a week had less heart disease and on average were thinner compared with those who did not eat nuts.

The trick is to eat small quantities of nuts in their more natural state – this means without salt or sugar – and preparing them properly.

5 Benefits of Nuts and Seeds:

  1. Best plant sources of protein. The American Cancer Association is recommending a plant-based diet for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer. An ounce of nuts provides 6 g of protein on average.
  2. Filled with heart healthy fat. They contain healthful mono- and polyunsaturated fats which are essential in managing inflammation and maintaining the normal structure of every body cell.   People who consumed nuts five times a week had a 35 percent reduction in heart disease risk according to a British Medical Journal study in 1998.
  3. High energy foods. They are filled with lots of calories; for example 1 ounce of almonds contain about 165 calories; 1 ounce of brazil nuts contain about 190 calories. So do not eat too many or you will gain weight.
  4. Powerful minerals. They contain many minerals such as magnesium, zinc, calcium and phosphorus needed for bone development, immunity and energy production. In a study of almost 400 men (age from 45-92) published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition they found a correlation between low dietary intake of zinc, low blood levels of the trace mineral and osteoporosis at the hip and spine.
  5. Needed vitamins. They are great sources of B Vitamins and Vitamin E.

Proof of the Power of Nuts and Seeds

  • A study published in the April 2002 Journal of Nutrition had people replace half the fat in their daily diets with almonds for six weeks. Researchers found that the almond eaters’ bad cholesterol went down six percent, and good cholesterol went up six percent. In addition, blood fat dropped 14 percent.
  • These studies show it’s the combination in nuts of monounsaturated fats and protective plant compounds known as flavonoids that reduces the risk of heart disease.
  • According to research at the University of Toronto, eating heart-healthy foods, including almonds, can help reduce LDL, or the bad cholesterol levels, as much as a first-line statin drug.
  • Research at Tufts University found the flavonoids in almond skins work in synergy with vitamin E to protect artery walls from damage reducing the risk of heart disease.
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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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8:46PM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

Delightful, what is life without a sprinkling of nuts...healthy eating and tasty as well, especially Macadamia nuts.

12:40AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

My favorite nuts are walnuts and pecans.

4:04AM PST on Jan 14, 2012

Thanks!

2:04AM PST on Jan 14, 2012

Thanks for the info.

6:13PM PST on Jan 13, 2012

Thanks for the spread of awareness

10:08AM PST on Jan 13, 2012

interesting...
thx

6:36AM PST on Jan 8, 2012

Interesting article!

12:12PM PST on Jan 6, 2012

Thank you

8:42AM PST on Nov 30, 2011

Provided you're not allergic to them...

7:36PM PST on Nov 17, 2011

thanks

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