Dr Russ Blog - A Little Nutty (Eat Some Nuts!)
A Little Nutty (Eat Some Nuts!)
Created on 3/10/2014
Most of us have heard that nuts can be good for us.
Most of us have also heard that following a Mediterranean diet can be good for our health, too - doing so helps promote optimal heart health, reduce improper inflammation, and maybe protect our brains.
And here is a cool fact - adding nuts to a Mediterranean diet MARKEDLY improves the health benefits of the diet.
Pretty wild - but per the results of the well-regarded PREDIMED study, it's true -
adding a small handful of nuts to your diet can offer significant health benefits.
Nuts are a good source of protein and healthy fats, and also provide added fiber to your diet.
Raw nuts are usually preferable to salted products (lots of sodium) and even roasted nuts (may lose some of their health fat in the process). Remember that peanuts are not actual nuts and are not as healthy for you as almonds and walnuts, among others, may be.
Keep in mind that nut allergies are very real - if you have a nut allergy it's best to avoid nuts altogether unless your doctor says otherwise.
A small handful of nuts each day might be a good addition, even to an otherwise not so healthy diet, and might be a step in the right direction to help create a healthier (and delicious) diet for you and your family.
So go a little nutty - and be well.
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