· By Suja Juice
4 Nuts to Go Nuts For
Nuts are nutrient packed, fiber and protein rich, healthy fat all stars and a great healthy, convenient snack. But, not all nuts are created equally. Avoid those that are salted, candied, roasted, or packaged in a tub. Stick with raw, organic when possible varieties and try to purchase fresh to avoid the growth of mold which is common in stored nuts. (1) While most nuts bring a lot to the nutrition party, these 4 stand out as the best of bunch: Almonds - This Vitamin E rich nut has more calcium than any other nut. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant which helps reduce inflammation. Packed with protein, fiber and healthy monounsaturated fats, almonds are the perfect healthy snack on the go. (2) Walnuts - This heart healthy nut is the richest nut in omega-3 fatty acids which fight inflammation. A 2006 Spanish study showed the effectiveness of daily walnut consumption in reducing inflammation and oxidation in the arteries. (3) Macadamia Nuts - Don't let their high calorie and fat content scare you! Macs contain the greatest amount of monounsaturated healthy fat per serving. These fats help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol. A Penn State study showed a 10% reduction in triglyceride levels, total cholesterol, and LDL cholesterol in people who added them to their diets. (3) Pecans - These guys are the most antioxidant-rich nut according to the USDA. Their polyphenols help attack free radicals. Adding just a handful to your diet each day may help prevent oxidation of blood lipids, inhibiting coronary heart disease according to a 2006 study from Loma Linda University. (3) Suja Juice
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