Nuts are one of the best plant sources of protein.
- They are rich in fiber, phytonutrients and antioxidants such as Vitamin E and selenium.
- Nuts are also high in plant sterols and fat – but mostly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (omega 3 – the good fats) which have all been shown to lower LDL cholesterol.
- Many people were scared away from nuts during the low-fat craze of the last few decades, but now nuts are making a comeback.
- Nuts are excellent sources of protein, minerals, “good” monounsaturated fats and other nutrients, and they’re good for the heart.
- A study conducted found that eating nuts lowered the risk of heart disease and helped participants to keep their weight down.
- Other large-scale studies, also found that eating nuts lowered heart disease risk. Other studies have shown that nuts help lower bad “LDL” cholesterol.
A Little Goes a Long Way
The key with nuts is simply not to overeat them. They are highly concentrated in both their calories and their nutrients, so you only need a small handful at a time. Eating a variety of nuts appears to be the best way to get all the different benefits each nut has to offer.