Eat Nuts for a Healthier Life

By Ken D Taylor | Healthy Aging Body

Apr 18
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Nuts, one of the greatest all-time-any-time snack foods...

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just happens to be loaded with healthy fiber, unsaturated fats, vitamins, minerals, and other wonderful compounds that inspire your heart to beat with grateful healthiness.

Cholesterol levels are corralled into a healthy level that will help reduce harmful inflammation within your blood system making those precious veins and arteries feel young and flexible again

Hypertension and type 2 diabetes both get knocked down lowering your risk of heart disease.

A Spanish study on the Mediterranean diet showed that eating a variety of nuts, around 1 to 3 ounces a day, for at least 2 weeks and as long as a year showed no increase in body weight nor waist circumference compared to control diets. In fact, in studies where the subjects had to limit their calorie intake, the nut groups showed more weight loss than the control group.

How can nuts help with weight control?

It’s rather simple. The protein, fat, and fiber contained in nuts makes you feel full for a longer period of time, which in turn makes you less likely to eat more often and gain weight. That’s assuming you are eating nuts in place of those high-calorie foods that are super rich with refined carbs.

And a final note, always go for the dry roasted unsalted nuts because roasted nuts may have been prepared with hydrogenated oil or some other unhealthy fat. Plus, roasting nuts in oils is most often done at high temperatures and that will destroy those precious heart-nurturing nutrients.

So, how many nuts does it take to be healthy?

Just a handful, about 30g at least seven times a week will help reduce the risk of your heart getting some kind of heart disease by 20 percent.

I mean think of it. One nut is enough food source to grow a tree! That’s a lot of energy. So you can imagine downing a large number of handful of nuts, you’re putting in your body enough energy to grow a forest, which you and I both know won’t happen, but instead, you’ll grow a layer of extra fat in places where you really don’t want that.

What is the top nut for a healthier heart?

Walnuts are on top. In addition to the omega–3 fats, they are high in linoleic acid (ALA), which has been shown to help heart arrhythmias. Also, and this is really interesting, that 2006 Spanish study found that walnuts were just as effective as olive oil in lowering oxidation and inflammation in the arteries, especially after enjoying a fat laden meal.

And again, it’s just a small amount, about 8 nuts per day to help keep that heart healthy and strong

What are the best nuts for brain health?

The old ballpark favorite, the peanut. This little nut has got folic acid and vitamin E, where they both help keep the mind healthy and sharp. Peanut butter is okay too as long as it’s all-natural with “no added sugar”.

Peanuts the little anti-ager!

This healthy little nut is actually a legume, but has become known affectionately as “the peanut”. This tasty little nut of a legume contains resveratrol, that potent antioxidant found in red wine and dark chocolate, that slows the aging process.

Peanuts are great for you vegetarian folks, because it supplies the necessary folate lacking in their diet regime. Also, pregnant women, eating about an ounce of unsalted, unshelled nuts, will help protect their babies from birth defects by providing the necessary folate.

To sum it up

Eating about a handful a nuts day, be it what you like or mixed, will be like eating an apple a day. You may find yourself eating healthier food as well. Hopefully, you’ll find yourself shopping for slimmer sizes and enjoying your days filled with energy, vigor and a sharp mind.

“The nutcracker sits under the holiday tree, a guardian of childhood stories. Feed him walnuts and he will crack open a tale…”― Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration
(please note: The link is to the Calendar at Amazon)

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Ken D Taylor is an active aging member of the human race. His mission is finding ways to make each trip around the sun filled with healthy days-- his story

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