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  • Deanne Pandey

Go nuts for nuts!

Crunchy, filling, and nutritious, nuts are a fantastic food to have on hand. They’re a good source of fiber, healthy fats, and plant protein. Plus, they’re great on their own, paired with fruit, or added to dishes like salads, desserts, and grains. Eating more nuts may support a healthy body weight and help reduce your risk of certain health conditions, including heart disease. Nuts are also an excellent food choice for kids. In fact, studies show that adding nuts to your child’s diet may improve their intake of protein, healthy fats, and fiber. Eating nuts as part of a healthy diet may be good for the heart. Nuts contain unsaturated fatty acids and other nutrients. And they're a great snack food — inexpensive, easy to store and easy to pack when you're on the go. One drawback to nuts is that some may be high in calories, so it's important to limit portions. But choosing nuts instead of a less healthy snack may just help you stick to a heart-healthy diet. Nuts contain fat. Even though most of it is healthy fat, the calories can still add up. That's why you should eat nuts in moderation. Adults should aim to eat about 4 to 6 servings of unsalted nuts a week as part of a healthy diet. Choose raw or dry-roasted nuts rather than nuts cooked in oil. One serving is a small handful of whole nuts or 2 tablespoons of nut butter.

Most nuts appear to be generally healthy. But some may have more heart-healthy nutrients than others. For example, walnuts contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. So here we have a list of the most healthiest nuts for you-

  1. Almonds- These are by far the most common dry fruits, especially in Indian households. Almonds are high in several essential nutrients. Eating them regularly may boost heart and gut health.

  2. Walnuts- Shaped like your brain, these nuts are surely a great addition to your diet. Walnuts, which are an especially good source of copper and manganese, may boost heart and brain health.

  3. Pecans- Pecans are way more than just a pie flavour. Pecans contain a variety of beneficial nutrients, including zinc and manganese. Among other benefits, they may promote heart health.

  4. Macadamia Nuts- These buttery and crunchy balls are not only mouth-watering but also really healthy. Macadamia nuts are high in healthy fats and other important nutrients like vitamin B1 and manganese.

  5. Hazelnuts- You might know them to be a key Nutella ingredient, but did you know how healthy hazelnuts are? Hazelnuts, which are a good source of nutrients like vitamin E and manganese, may reduce certain heart disease risk factors.

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