Nuts Are In For Healthy Living

Nuts No Longer Taboo

For many years nuts were considered taboo for a heart healthy diet. Why? Because they are high in oils and calories. However things are changing.

In the April 2001 issue of Nutrition Reviews, a research article entitled "The Effects of Nuts on Coronary Heart Disease Risk" reviewed five studies involving daily consumption and a decreased risk of coronary artery disease. The conclusion of these studies was that…

Nuts are beneficial to heart health even though they are high in fat.

Why? Because not all fats are created equal. Decreasing saturated fats and some polyunsaturated fats is beneficial for heart health. However increasing your intake of monounsaturated fats is healthy for the heart as well. 

Nuts are high in calories. However, if they are eaten instead of other high protein foods such as red meat you will simply be trading a healthy source of calories for an unhealthy source.

Nuts come complete in a very nutritious package. They are a rich source of unsaturated fats. These are the good fats. Further they are a source of…

  • Protein
  • Fiber
  • Flavonoids
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals

Studies have shown that nuts such as…

  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Peanuts
  • Macadamia
  • Pecans
  • Pistachio

… are useful toward the reduction of heart disease. 

Whole grains are not the only things that can be added to homemade breads. Nuts and seeds are a great heart healthy addition to breads. Almost all nuts and many seeds are suitable for bread making. 

But bread is not the only game in town. Try adding nuts and seeds (as well as fruit) to cereal or salad. Keep them around for snacks instead of sweets. Take them along on trips and avoid the fast food stops. People may think you are nutty (sorry I couldn't resist) but your heart will thank you.

A Challenge For You!

People are making great improvements in their heart health.

How... are they doing it? By challenging themselves to change the way they eat. Really!

I have a challenge for you. It is my double dog dare.

Click here to learn about the 30_Day Challenge.

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