Are Nuts Good or Bad for Your Diet?


Nuts are a great addition to any healthy diet plan as they are rich in protein, fiber, antioxidants, minerals and omega 3 fatty acids. At the same time, it is important to be aware that there are many different kinds of nuts and some are much healthier for you than others. What is more, the health benefits of eating nuts can be lost if the nuts are coated with a sugary topping, mixed with sugary snacks as part of a trail mix or roasted at high temperatures.

If you enjoy eating nuts for snack but are attempting to lose weight, stick with the nuts that have a low fat content. These include almonds, cashews and pistachios. Check the package before buying the nuts to make sure they are not roasted with oil, as oil-roasted nuts are high in calories. Avoid fattening nuts such as macadamia nuts and pecans; while you can enjoy these on occasion, they not only have a high calorie content but also less protein than other types of nuts.

There are many healthy ways to include nuts in your diet. You can add them to granola, sprinkle them on salads or use them in savory Indian, Thai, Mexican and Mediterranean dishes. You can also grab a handful of nuts when in need of a healthy, energizing snack.

Don't discount nuts from your diet even if you are trying to lose weight, as the nutrients found in nuts can lower the risk of high blood pressure, combat coronary artery diseases, help alleviate symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis and more. At the same time, make sure the nuts you are eating are indeed healthy. It is also a good idea to limit the amount of nuts you eat and stick with nuts that have a relatively low fat content if you are working on losing weight.


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