The health benefits of nuts are sometimes overlooked and should be included in a balanced diet. Nuts, which contain unsaturated fatty acids and other nutrients, are a great snack food. They are inexpensive, very easy to store and easy to pack when you are on the go.
A perfect pre-workout snack because cashews are high in muscle fueling carbs. They are an excellent source of copper, which helps generate energy from the carbs in your cells. They also contain more immunity boosting zinc and iron than most other nuts do.
These nuts are a good choice for anyone who is watching their cholesterol. Pistachios are rich in phytosterois, which are compounds that have been shown to lower levels of LDL, or bad cholesterol. They also have the most amount of lutein, which is linked to improving eyesight, than any other nut.
Peanuts are your best bet when it comes to protein. They have approximately seven grams of protein per serving. Peanuts also provide more antioxidants than green tea or red wine. Choose roasted over raw because roasting the peanut may increase the amount of certain antioxidants by up to 22 percent.
You will feel fuller longer after eating almonds because they are loaded with hunger curbing fiber as well as vitamins B and E. A recent study found that some fat in almond is not absorbed by your body, so the nuts actually have about 20 percent fewer calories than advertised.
Walnuts are a good source of melatonin, the hormone that regulates the sleep-wake cycle and encourages deeper, longer sleep. Walnuts are also considered a good source for better artery health, lower blood pressure and reduced risk of heart disease.
The type of nut you eat is not that important, although some nuts have more heart-healthy nutrients and fats than do others. Walnuts, almonds, peanuts — you name it — almost every type of nut has a lot of nutrition packed into a tiny package. If you have heart disease, eating nuts instead of a less healthy snack can help you more easily follow a heart-healthy diet.