Five Ways To Go Nuts For Nutrition

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Five Ways To Go Nuts For Nutrition

Five Ways to Go Nuts for Nutrition

By Joe Crowe

Nuts are a terrific food for health-conscious folks, as well as for anyone who wants to be. Here are five excellent reasons to go nuts.

1. Raw nuts means fewer calories, but not by much.

A study comparing raw cashews and oil-roasted cashews found the oil-roasted have only slightly more calories—but both have the same nutritional benefits in protein, fiber, and folate, Prevention.com reports. https://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/health-food-face-raw-vs-roasted-nuts

Raw nuts have a little more iron and magnesium, too.

2. More fat, but most of it’s good fat.

Nuts are about 80 percent fat, but mostly it’s “good” unsaturated fats, WebMD reports. https://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20140910/nuts-health#1

Other good things in nuts includes magnesium, folate, and vitamin E.

3. Pecans aren’t just for pie.

On their own, when they’re not part of delicious, delicious pies, pecans provide unique nutritional benefits, nutritionist Cynthia Sass wrote for Health.com. http://www.health.com/nutrition/pecan-health-benefits

Pecans are an excellent way to get antioxidants, specifically flavonoids, which have been linked to heart health. Pecans have twice as many flavonoids as almonds, cashews, and pistachios, and seven times as much as walnuts.

4. Almonds are good stuff.

A handful of almonds a day may reduce the “bad” LDL cholesterol, as well as reduce the risk of heart disease, heart attack, and diabetes, WebMD reported. https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/almonds-the-new-power-food

5. Peanuts! Get your peanuts!

Peanuts are crammed full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. They also contain some of the same antioxidants as red wine. They could also protect you from gallstones, Nuts.com reports. https://nuts.com/healthy-eating/benefits-of-peanuts

All these reports show that you cannot spell “nutrition” without “nut.” (We tried it, and all we got was “rition.”) But seriously, folks: Getting nutty is a good thing.

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