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A Joyful Road to Health

December 16, 2013
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If you like eating nuts, we have good news for you. Several new studies show that nuts are a great health food.

And that includes all kinds of nuts.

Right off the top, if you are eating nuts and not cookies and other sugary snacks, your diet is better.

Here is a list of the good things that can happen to your body by eating nuts:

  • Reduced heart and blood vessel disorders and Type 2 diabetes
  • Less death by cancer, heart disease and respiratory disease,
  • Less weight even from calorie rich nuts because the body treats those calories differently than other high-carbohydrate foods.

The Mediterranean diet is heart healthy. It includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds, and healthy fats. A study of people on this  diet showed nut eaters gained less weight and were less likely to become overweight or obese.

Scientists say nuts are powerhouses of substances that protect health. An expert said they “are rich sources of unsaturated fat, but also contain protein, fiber, plant sterols that lower cholesterol and micronutrients like copper and magnesium.”

Nuts have less cholesterol-raising saturated fat than olive oil. Nuts also contain omega-3 fatty acids that can lower triglycerides and blood pressure. Nuts can slow the building of arterial plaque and prevent abnormal heart rhythm.

Nuts that are good for you include: pistachios, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, peanuts and walnuts.

Peanuts and pistachios are rich in resveratrol, which may be anti-aging. Pistachios are rich in arginine, which improves blood flow and can help with erectile dysfunction.

In another study, those who ate nuts seven or more times a week were 20 percent less likely to die in the study period of 1980 to 2010.

Other studies show eating nuts leads to less colorectal cancer (among women) and lower risk of gall bladder surgery.

Even peanut butter is a good source of protein.

The evidence is in. It is a good time to go nuts!

Source: The New York Times                                                                                           December 9, 2013


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