Snacks such as nuts offer a wealth of natural health benefits such as:
Helping with Weight Loss – Nuts have a lot of fiber which helps you feel full and satisfied when you’re trying to loose weight. Fiber also helps the digestive tract and improves regularity.
Getting you happy! Eating nuts stimulates serotonin production, which provides feelings of wellbeing and happiness.
Improving Heart Health – Eating nuts has been shown to decrease the bad cholesterol levels (LDL) which lowers the risk of heart disease.
Providing Omega 3 Fatty Acids – Walnuts, pecans and pine nuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Getting essential Omega 3 from nuts is particularly important for those who limit or avoid animal foods.
Managing Insulin and Diabetes – Eating mixed nuts in exchange for carbohydrates has been reported to greatly improve blood glucose levels in individuals with Type 2 Diabetes.
Whilst the many benefits of eating nuts are recognized, it’s important to ensure you don’t overeat them as they are still quite high in (good quality) fat. The recommended daily intake for nuts is 1 and a half to 2 oz per day – that’s a small handful.