Nutty for Nuts!

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Add 1 ounce of fresh nuts or seeds to your daily nutritional intake and enjoy the delicious benefits of healthy fat, fiber and protein.

almondsNuts and seeds contain both healthy polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats.  These fats from nature are essential to human health and wellness.  They help our bodies manage inflammation and maintain normal cell structure. Nutritionists explain that “Saturated and trans fats, found in meats, full-fat dairy, fried and processed foods can be damaging to our bodies by triggering inflammation…diets high in these unhealthy fats can lead to a host of diseases.” Consumption of healthy fats can actually lower cholesterol and decrease inflammation.   According to British Medical Journal, individuals who consumed nuts five times a week had a 35% reduction in heart disease risk.

Almonds, walnuts, pistachios, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and peanuts all contain healthy nutrients: vitamins, minerals and fats, all of which work together to affect heart health, neurology and weight.  Try adding just 1 ounce of nuts and seeds per day to help decrease inflammation and provide filling fiber, protein and immune-boosting minerals.   Nuts and seeds are high in fat and calories, so 1 ounce PER DAY is plenty to add to your present nutrition plan. Always be aware of the nutritional breakdown of food you choose to consume to be sure it fits into your daily plan.  Below is an example of the nutritional breakdown for almonds.  Enjoy one ounce of delicious nuts or seeds per day!

 

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