Happy National Nut Day!
No, I’m not nuts. These little nutritional wonders actually have their own day dedicated to them.
I eat nuts almost everyday. They’re an easy topping on oatmeal, greek yogurt, or to pack by themselves as a snack when I’m on the go. I’m especially nuts for almonds, walnuts, and cashews. I can’t get enough of them!
Nuts such as almonds, cashews, and pistachios are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein.
Walnuts in particular, are especially good for your heart as they contain alpha linoleic acid (ALA), which helps with heart arrythmias. Walnuts also decrease inflammation and oxidation in the arteries after consuming a fatty meal.
Almonds (among other nuts) are a great source of Vitamin E as well. Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant in the body by maintaining cell membranes and protecting them from oxidative stress. Vitamin E also inhibits blood clotting, which reduces the possibility for a heart attack or stroke.
A study from the British Journal of Nutrition looked at the potential antioxidant role in nuts to reduce oxidative stress. This study found that there was a reduction in the number of deaths associated with cardiovascular and coronary heart disease with a diet high in nut (and peanut butter) consumption. Wow!
Hopefully this post didn’t drive you nuts! Ok, I’m done with the terrible jokes.