Healthy Nuts #bebetter52

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IMG_0446Healthy Nuts #bebetter52

It is often said that good things come in small packages, and a perfect example of that is nuts! Nuts are filled with nutritional benefits and also make for a tasty snack.

This week’s #bebetter52 challenge is to consume healthy nuts, specifically those filled with fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals or heart-healthy fats.

All nuts contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to improve cholesterol, lower the risk of heart disease, and help with cancer, depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Although these benefits are present in all nuts, if the nuts are paired with sugary or salty toppings or mixes, they can go from nourishing to detrimental in seconds. Nuts can also be high in calories and fat, so eating handfuls at a time is not to your benefit. The nuts with the highest amount of calories and fat and the least amount of protein are macadamia nuts and pecans, although these nuts can still add dietary value if you eat only a moderate amount.

Here are some of the healthiest nuts you can add to your daily diet:

Almonds. Almonds are filled with calcium, magnesium, vitamin E and fiber. They are known to lower cholesterol and help prevent cancer.

Walnuts. Walnuts contain ellagic acid, an antioxidant that helps fight cancer. They are also great for your heart and brain.

Brazil Nuts. These nuts are a great source of protein, copper, niacin, magnesium, fiber, vitamin E and selenium.

Pine Nuts. Pine nuts contain vitamins A, B, D, E and P (flavonoids), and contain 70 percent of your body’s required amino acids.

Cashews. Cashews are rich in copper, magnesium, zinc, iron and biotin. They contain a high amount of oleic acid, which is great for your heart.

There are so many reasons to go nuts for nuts. and this week we challenge you to do just that!

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