Many kinds of nuts contain healthy fats and studies have indicated that nuts may help protect the heart by reducing total blood cholesterol levels. In 2003, the Food and Drug Administration allowed a “qualified health claim” on packages of some varieties (almonds, walnuts, pecans, peanuts, hazelnuts, and pistachios) that read: “Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.”
Looking for a way to get a daily serving of nuts?
Call to Action:
- Add toasted whole walnuts or pecans to a green salad.
- Add chopped or sliced nuts to hot or cold cereal.
- Try roasted cashews in a rice pilaf.
- Add finely chopped nuts as a delicious coating on fish filets.
- And, just eating them, one or two ounces a day, right from your hand to your mouth works too.
To your wellness,
p.s. Brazil nuts, cashews, and macadamia nuts contain a little more saturated fat so limit these in comparison to those listed above.