Snacking on nuts can provide outstanding benefits to your health, but you have to know which nuts are best for snacking on for what purposes.
Nuts(1) and Their Health Benefits
Almonds: High in monounsaturated fats, which are good for reducing the risks of heart disease, almonds are some healthiest nuts too eat. Not only do these nuts protect the heart, but they also help aid in the prevention against diabetes. Best of all, almonds even have the ability to help with weight loss, which sounds strange, but these nuts contain fiber and protein, which help keep the stomach fuller longer and reduces the need for snacking.
Cashews: These particular nuts are full of proanthocyanidins, which are a class of flavanols that actually help starve tumors and stop cancer cells from forming. Cashews also contain powerful antioxidants that help lower your chances of developing cancer and other dreadful diseases such as cardiovascular, bone, autoimmune, and thyroid. Cashews are even outstanding for aiding in weight loss, preventing gallstones and keeping the hair, skin and nails healthy and beautiful naturally. The nuts also work wonders for relieving migraine headaches due to the high magnesium content they contain.
Pistachios: Due to the healthy fats in pistachios and the high amount of antioxidants such as vitamins A and E, these nuts are great to use for fighting off inflammation within the body. This means these nuts are the perfect remedy for easing the symptoms of inflammatory disorders such as asthma, arthritis and gout. Snacking on these nuts can also help improve blood flow and increase the amount of oxygen within the blood so it is able to receive the proper amount of oxygen it needs to stay functioning properly. When the nervous system is not functioning properly and anxiety attacksand insomnia occurs pistachios can become an outstanding natural remedy. This nut even contains antioxidants known as carotenoids, which are important for keeping the eyes healthy and developing eyesight problems. Some people even eat these nuts when they feel an illness coming on because they seem to have the ability to boost the immune system. Others eat these nuts to slow down the aging process.
Macadamia Nuts(2): Rich in vitamins A and B complex as well as minerals and protein these nuts do wonders for destroying free radical cells in the body that cause cancer and aging. Best of all, these nuts have the ability to reduce the amounts of toxins the body is able to absorb from the environment it lives in. Some of the particular cancer these nuts help prevent are breast, cervical, lung, prostate and stomach. The nuts even contain a high amount of fiber, which is necessary to keep the digestive system and colon healthy. Macadamia nuts are also outstanding for promoting brain health by nourishing the nervous system with copper, which is essential by the body to help neurotransmitters communicate with the brain.
Pecans: When you are trying to promote heart, prostate, breast and brain health pecans are the nuts to be eating. They are high in vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, fiber, antioxidants and essential fatty acids, which are necessary by the body to keep it healthy as a whole. These nuts can even help with aiding in weight loss and boosting the immune system.
Eating too many nuts or seasoned nuts can be unhealthy since all nuts have a high fat content. The amount of nuts required to maintain health and prevent cancer and diseases are only a couple handfuls each day. Anymore than that can cause health issues and obesity.
Best and worst kinds of nuts for health(3):
Best nuts for your diet: Almonds, Cashews, Pistachios
Worst nuts for your diet: Macadamia Nuts, Pecans
Best nuts for your heart: Walnuts
Best nuts for your brain: Peanuts
Best nuts for men: Brazil Nuts, Pecans
Best nuts for disease prevention: Almonds
Best snack packaging for nuts: Choose 100- to 200-calorie packs
Worst snack packaging for nuts: Avoid anything in a tub
Best nuts for chocolate lovers: Go for cocoa-dusted almonds
Best nuts for your sweet tooth: Try all-natural glazed nuts
Worst nuts for your sweet tooth: Check labels for sugar content
Best nuts for a salt craving: Look for ‘lightly salted’
Worst nuts for a salt craving: Steer clear of BBQ or boiled nuts
Best trail mix: Raw nuts, seeds, and dried fruit
Worst trail mix: Save high-calorie mixes for the trail
Best nut butter: Keep ingredients simple
Worst nut butter: Skip added oils and sugars
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