Since we featured coffee cake this week we felt that our nuts would be a good follow up for this Friday. There are many different types of nuts, each with its own unique health benefits. The top of the list could just be Almonds. Almonds contain high levels of magnesium, which help regulate blood sugar and tends to reduce food cravings.
Walnuts, pistachios and peanuts, technically a legume, though still very beneficial, all have cholesterol-lowering properties as well.
Always steer clear of nuts that are heavily salted, have been flavored, roasted in oil or “honey-roasted”. These nuts are much higher in unhealthy fats and sodium and do not boast the same health benefits or weight-loss properties as raw or dry-roasted nuts.
While Brazil nuts are one of the healthiest nuts because of their magnesium and selenium contents, they contain especially high quantities of selenium, which can cause health problems when consumed in excess. Excessive selenium levels in the blood can cause selenium toxicity, or selenosis, which can cause gastrointestinal problems, possible nerve damage and other symptoms. Avoid eating more than two Brazil nuts per day.
The fatty, salty, creamy, savory taste and texture of nuts make them a popular snack, accompaniment with beer and ingredient in a host of dishes. But given their high calorie and fat contents, many people still shy away from eating nuts regularly.
Consider nuts to help with stress reduction. Of course nuts can't make your deadline or destroy huge credit card bills, but the nutrients in several types of nuts can help protect your body against the damaging physical effects of being stressed out. One study looked at nuts rich in alpha-linolenic acid, like walnuts, and found that they had a heart-protective benefit during times of acute stress -- which are known to cause cardiovascular strain.
A walnut a day may help keep bad cholesterol away, according to a 2010 study in the Archives of Internal Medicine that found a 7.4 percent reduction in "bad" LDL cholesterol and an 8.3 percent reduction in the ratio of LDL to HDL. What's more, triglyceride concentrations declined by more than 10 percent.
A diet lush in pistachios may provide some protection from lung cancer, according to preliminary research presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research Conference. The researchers theorize that the nut's richness in gamma-tocopherol, a type of vitamin E, may be the key to cancer protection, although further research is required.
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