Nuts for Heart Health and Weight Loss

Nutritionists have long been telling us that many nuts are veritable nutritional powerhouses which can help us stimulate weight loss and keep our bad cholesterol down. In this blog post we look specifically at the topics of heart health and weight loss and how the right type and level of nut consumption can help us in both areas. For the purposes of the post, we’ll focus on three well known favourite nuts which are accessible and familiar to all of us:

Walnuts are well known for containing above average amounts of the Omega 3 fats which are known to be good for us all. What sets Walnuts apart from the many other nuts which also have a high Omega 3 content is that they also contain a very significant amount of Alpha Linoleic acid. This is an essential fat fatty acid which cannot be produced naturally through the body and, consequently, must be consumed through food intake. Alpha Linoleic acid assists smooth functioning of the small and coronary arteries which is vital for overall heart health. It also helps reduce LDL cholesterol which is the ‘bad’ cholesterol that we are consistently warned about.

Almonds are a great addition to any weight loss nutrition plan with consumption of 3 ounces of almonds a day shown to result in up to a 14 percent decrease in waist circumference over a period of twelve months. Like Walnuts, Almonds also reduce our bad (LDL) cholesterol and help make us less resistant to insulin which in turn makes us much less likely to have type 2 diabetes. The reduction in LDL cholesterol, of course, helps prevent the creation of heart attack inducing plaques in our coronary arteries.

The humble Peanut tends to get some bad press because many of us think only of the roasted and salted variety that we are overly familiar with. However, a Harvard led medical investigation has shown us that across a group of 200,000 participants those who consumed unsalted peanuts and other nuts were significantly less likely to have experienced any form of heart disease. Technically, peanuts belong to the legume family (as opposed to the nut family) but they have been shown conclusively to have nutritional benefits very similar to our almonds and walnuts. Peanuts are also a very strong source of the antioxidant reservatrol which has been shown to reduce stroke risk by making us less vulnerable to high blood pressure.
It is well documented that nuts are a fantastic source of both energy and protein. Included as a component of a diet geared towards heart health and weight stability then they are a hugely valuable nutritional tool in any weight loss or cholesterol reduction program.

At the Good Snack Company we are committed to providing our customers with delicious, natural snack foods which fit seamlessly into any healthy nutrition plan. If you have any queries or feedback at all for us please do drop us a line at hello@thegoodsnackcompany.com .

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