Start Going Nuts

Start Going Nuts

Did you know that Pistachios contain fewer calories and more potassium and vitamin K per serving than other nuts? A serving of 50 pistachios are equal to 160 calories, 14 grams fat calories. Among its many benefits, vitamin K is essential to building strong bones and preventing heart disease.

Below are just some of the benefits of adding nuts into your daily nutrition according to mayoclinic.org:

Unsaturated fats, which are known as the “good” fats, are considered to lower bad cholesterol levels.

Omega-3 fatty acids, which are a healthy form of fatty acids, are considered to help your heart by preventing dangerous heart rhythms that can lead to heart attacks.

Fibre, which helps lower your cholesterol and makes you feel full, so you eat less. Fibre is also thought to play a role in preventing diabetes.

Vitamin E may help stop the development of plaques in your arteries, which can narrow them. Plaque development in your arteries can lead to chest pain, coronary artery disease or a heart attack.

Just keep in mind that a serving of nuts is a small handful of whole nuts or 2 tablespoons of nut butter. But again, do this as part of a heart-healthy diet. Just eating nuts and not cutting back on saturated fats found in many dairy and meat products won’t do your heart any good.

Here is some serving size information on some of our favourite nuts:

Walnuts, about 14 walnut halves = 185 calories, 18 grams fat
Almonds, about 23 nuts = 170 calories, 15 grams fat
Cashew, about 18 nuts = 165 calories, 13 grams fat
Pecan, about 18 halves = 200 calories, 21 grams fat
Hazelnuts, about 21 nuts = 180 calories, 17 grams fat

So, Start Going Nuts!

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