Let’s Get Nutty!

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Most of us are guilty of snacking. When many of us are hungry, we reach for a chocolate bar, gummi bears, or potato chips. Over the course of a busy workday, sometimes you need just a few extra calories to give you a burst of energy. We know it’s not healthy, and most people are aware that fruits and vegetables are better for them, but good luck getting someone addicted to sugar and salt to switch from their favorite junk food to baby carrots.

What if we told you that you could indulge in snacking without worrying about sugar, salt and fat? As with most things, nature got it right the first time. Nuts are among the healthiest foods you can enjoy, and they make the perfect solution for guilt-free snacking! This article will explain exactly why nuts are so beneficial, and how to differentiate the good nuts from the pretenders.

 

Can eating some nuts really make you live longer?

According to a 30-year study by researchers at Harvard University, it certainly seems that way. Participants in the study who consumed an average of 1oz/28g of nuts every day showed a 29 percent decrease in risk of heart disease, an 11 percent lower risk of cancer, and interestingly, a 20 percent decrease in mortality for any reason. A similar study in the Netherlands, involving 120,000 middle-aged men and women, found that those who regularly ate nuts were 23 percent less likely to die from any cause. It also found a 43 percent reduction in cardiovascular disease.

Nuts really do seem like some sort of cure-all superfood, but it’s important to make sure you’re eating the right kinds so you can reap these benefits.

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  • Anto

    I’ve read elsewhere that natural salt is actually healthful, especially rock salt such as Himalayan RS, sea salt is probably contaminated with whatever finds its way into the ocean.

    • Penobscot

      Your right about that. Himalayan I understand has other minerals and has a very pleasant
      and mild taste. I use it all the time.