Nuts are Heart Healthy
Not only are the good mono- and poly- unsaturated fats in nuts heart healthy but also there is a good dose of magnesium in nuts which according to a study by Harvard School of Public Health helps to lower cholesterol and also contributes to maintaining the heartbeat.
Inflammation is a major contributor to heart disease (as well as many other diseases) but the magnesium found in nuts is a strong anti-inflammatory and also helps to prevent blood clots.
Additionally, Cells also need magnesium to regulate insulin and move glucose (sugar) out of the blood and into the cells for storage (to use later as energy), thus the magnesium in nuts also helps to regulate blood sugars. Together the magnesium and “good” fats in nuts help to keep the heart healthy.
Nuts are Protein and Fiber Rich
Nuts are a great source of plant-protein, on average 6g of protein per 1 ounce serving depending on the type of nut. That may not sound like a lot in our protein crazed world but consider 20-30% of the calories in peanuts and 30-40% in almonds is protein!
Fiber is important for healthy digestion and heart health.
Nuts Support Healthy Weight
The last benefit is possibly the most unexpected, however eating nuts are NOT associated with weight gain. Quite the contrary, regular consumption of nuts may support weight loss and help others maintain a healthy weight. Since nuts are such a good source of both protein and fiber, they keep you satiated longer preventing snacking or overeating at meal time.
So overall, nuts are a great source of protein, healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Keep a handful of nuts prepared in a ziplock in your desk, purse or pantry to get your daily dose. You can also use our delicious Coconut Cashew bars for convenient on the go nutrition plus 15g of plant-protein! You can try those here: