Snack Your Way to a Healthy Heart
March 11, 2007 11:55am CST
Eating healthy to strengthen your heart is a great idea. But do you know what is considered healthy? You may be surprised to find out that one of your favorite snack foods may actually lower your risk of heart disease. Consume nuts to reduce your risk of heart disease and improve your overall health. Researchers already know that nuts are a great source of protein. They're also loaded with potentially protective substances called phytochemicals. For example, every type of nut contains flavonoids, a phytochemical. These fight the oxidation that makes LDL cholesterol bad. Recent studies further suggest that nuts may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. In a recent study, women who ate nuts were one-third less likely to develop coronary disease.
11 Mar 07
Consuming nuts are healthy but still moderation is the key. You may not be able to reap the healthy benefits if you overeat because nuts are high in calories and fat. Daily intake of 1 to 2 oz. of unsalted nuts every day is acceptable.
14 Mar 07
I appreciate that you rated my response the best. Thank you. It's a good thing that my favorite nuts--pistachio, macadamia, almonds--are very expensive that I really have to eat just enough for daily requirement. I find macadamia nuts the tastiest of them all. Its not called king of nuts for nothing. During lean days, I settle for the questionable nut, the peanut. LOL
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12 Mar 07
I love nuts, and because I go to the gym regularly I eat nuts as soon as I've trained because of the high protein content. I always take with me a bag of brazils to munch on as I get very hungry after a 90 minute work out. I also love walnuts and cashews, but I try not to eat too many because of the fat content in nuts. Good to hear tho' makes me feel less guilty about eating them!