But people seem to think they're too "fatty" and they have this misconception that it will make them fatter. But this just isn't the case.
Beyond that, there are some amazing health benefits to regularly snacking on nuts, particularly almonds, walnuts, and peanuts [[a legume, actually]]. Here's a few facts from an article I read that I've compiled into a list:
- Walnuts are particularly beneficial because they contain n-3 fatty acids -- which help protect against cancer, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and promote brain health and immune function [[more info on n-3 fatty acids]].
- Nuts significantly reduce the risk of heart disease
- "...The risks of having a stroke, of developing type 2 diabetes, of developing dementia, of advanced muscular degeneration and of gallstones have all been found to be lowered by eating nuts."
- You should eat 1-2 oz daily to get the most health benefits from eating nuts
- Nuts won't make you gain weight. People who regularly eat nuts are actually slightly thinner than average.
- Nuts are a great source of fibre, vitamin E, folic acid, copper, magnesium and the amino acid arginine.
- "Nuts are the best dietary source of manganese and contain plant sterols, the compounds now added to some margarines to reduce cholesterol adsorption from food, and are a good source of boron."
- "...Regular nut consumption can be recommended as a replacement for consumption of refined grain products or red or processed meats."
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