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The Health Benefits Of Going Nuts

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The Health Benefits Of Going Nuts

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The nutritional facts regarding how most nuts will lower a persons chance of heart disease, diabetes, and lower the risk of obesity.

It is a nutritional fact that most nuts will lower a persons chance of heart disease, diabetes, and lower the risk of obesity.

Which Nuts Are Best?

All nuts have a good source of nutritional value from walnuts, pistachios, macadamia nuts, brazil nuts, almonds, and pecans.  Even dipping these nuts in 70% cocoa will pack a punch due to the antioxidants in chocolate along with the natural antioxidants found in most nuts.

Walnuts contain alpha linolenic acid and vitamin E.  These omega 3’s coronary disease and help cancer survivors from suffering long term fatigue.

Pistachios are fewer in calories than walnuts and because they take longer to eat when shelled, they help decrease appetite.

Almonds are very high in calcium and vitamin E.  People who consume almonds regularly lower their risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Macadamia nuts are high in monounsaturated fats, but are calorie dense.  Macadamias are approximately 200 calories per ounce.

Brazil nuts are high in selenium which helps prevent oxidative stress, but brazil nuts are roughly 400 calories in half a cup.

Pecans are powerful antioxidants, but they are lower in protein, approximately 3 grams per ounce. Pecans contain the most antioxidants than any other nut.

All nuts provide long lasting energy and are a delicious alternative to the usual ‘chip’.

Will Nuts Raise Cholesterol?

No, nuts are known to lower cholesterol, and are known to be just as effective as cholesterol medications.  A handful of pecans daily helps lower bad cholesterol and maintain good cholesterol.

Adding Chocolate to the Already Delicious Nut

Dipping a variety of nuts in chocolate has been a favorite snack for years!  This used to be traditional ‘holiday’ candy, but now you can find bags of this scrumptious snack  in stores, candy shops and companies via internet everyday!  Even children are encouraged to eat this snack due to all the health benefits of the nut, even dipped in chocolate.

There are different ways of making this snack, whether you want a single nut dipped in one kind of chocolate, or for variety, you can try melting milk chocolate, semi sweet chocolate and white chocolate together and stir in a variety of nuts such as peanuts, walnuts, cashews, pecans, and almonds.  Drop them by spoonfuls on waxed paper and cool, and you have a delicious healthy snack!

People like to receive healthy and delicious nuts as gifts, which is one of the reasons why companies like Chocolate Pecans exists. On holidays or any other special occasion, you can simply order a variety of dipped or plain nuts in decorative boxes or tins.  This would also be a very nice and easy gift you could make yourself, just by choosing the nuts one may desire, dipping them in chocolate or even a blend of sugar and egg white coating.  Finally, you can choose the special gift  giving touch by putting the nuts in clear plastic bags and placing them in your choice of tin or gift box.

Eating nuts, whether plain or coated, is a much more healthy treat than your usual cakes and cookies.  So, next time you have a sweet tooth, reach for this delicious alternative!

 

This is a guest post from Cindi, A medical coder in Missouri, who carves out time to write on a variety of topics from counseling to candy coated pecans.

 



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