According to a large 30-year study, eating a handful of nuts every day could lower your risk of dying by 20 percent. Nuts are full of inflammation-fighting monounsaturated fat. They’re also a good source of protein and healthy fiber too. NOTE: If you thought nuts were off-limits when trying to lose weight, think again. The fiber will help fill up you and the healthy fat will help keep you satisfied longer.
Researchers report a decreased risk for most major causes of death like heart disease and cancer. Nuts are rich in healthful unsaturated fats, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients*. Here’s how you can benefit and enjoy them.
- Eat nuts seven or more times per week. Eating nuts just once a week lowered the risk of dying by 11 percent.
- Eat one ounce of nuts per day — approximately 1/4 cup or one “handful”.
- Beware of canned and packaged nuts (e.g., in Trail Mixes) that have been processed with oil and salt. It’s healthier to buy them raw and roast them at home without the additives.
- Limit your intake of Brazil nuts to one per day or only occasionally due to their unusually high levels of selenium* (an essential mineral). One Brazil nut contains 70-90 mcg of this mineral and the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for adults is 55 mcg. Selenium is found in soil. Symptoms of selenium toxicity include nausea, vomiting, brittle nails, nail loss/discoloration, hair loss, fatigue, irritability, and “garlic breath”. Continue reading “♥ Daily Dose | What’s Your Nut I.Q?”