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Nuts and their role in a healthy diet
People do not give as much attention as nuts as they should. Some of them even consider nuts to bee junk food and very unhealthy. Well, nutritionists today advice us otherwise. They encourage us to eat nuts and use them in many meals as possible, of course, as long as you are not allergic to them.
Why are nuts good? This question only has one answer: because they are healthy. They have vitamins, fiber, protein, nutrients, antioxidants and recent studies have shown that they are very good in lowering cholesterol effects in your body. Some studies even show that peanuts and some tree nuts can lower risks of having a heart disease.
One question is still on our mind: what nuts are good and helathy? Well let' s see. First on our list is the walnut. They contain omega- 3 acids that can lower levels of fat in our blood. They can also reduce swelling. Furthermore, walnuts are thought to be very helpful in reducing the levels of cholesterol in your body.
Second on the list are almonds. Like various other nuts, they have lots of protein, nutrients, fiber and are low in mono saturated fats. Besides them they have another advantage, that they are rich in vitamin E, which is an antioxidant. All you need to do is eat about one handful of almonds a day, and you will very soon see amazing results. Some researchers have also made interesting studies about almonds. They have tasted these nuts, together with some legumes, fruits, oats and soy protein on a group of people suffering from cholesterol. At the same time they have chosen another group of people and treated them with the help of drugs. Results were astonishing. The people that were on the diet had almost the same drop of cholesterol levels as those that were taking drugs.
What you must also have in mind is that not all nuts are good. If walnuts, peanuts, almond, hazelnuts, pine nuts and a couple more can do a world of good to your health, Brazil nuts, some pine nuts and cashew nuts are not on this list. They are high in fat. They can do some good if eaten with moderation.
You can include nuts in your daily food very easily. You can eat them as snacks, or at a meal, in form of a gravy or just when you are watching tv. To get the best results, one handful of nuts a day is the best way. It does not matter if they are still in their shell or not, as long as they are the ones that I have mentioned earlier.
About the Author: For greater resources on cholesterol please review http://www.cholesterol-info-guide.com/low-cholesterol-food.htm or http://www.cholesterol-info-guide.com/high-cholesterol.htm