Wednesday, October 8, 2008

My Husband Loves His Nuts!

I know what you're thinking and although I am sure Hugh does love that particular part of his body, I am referring to the nuts that come from a plant that you eat! Most people think that nuts are high in calories and fat...and they are absolutely right! Just 15 cashews have about 180 calories. However, research has proven that people who eat nuts regularly have lower risks of heart disease. Nuts are one of the best sources of protein and they are rich in fiber too! They are also high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (Omega 3), which have been shown to lower LDL cholesterol. And this is why my hubby is eating more nuts! If you can restrain from overeating them, nuts can definitely be a part of a healthy diet. Research suggests that 1 to 2 ounces of nuts per day is all you need. One way to do this is to eat them in replacement of foods that are high in saturated fats. For instance, sprinkle some nuts on top of your yogurt, instead of chocolate candies, or add them to your oatmeal, cereal or on top of some cookies. Look for this "Heart Healthy Mix" in the store. It does not have all the added sodium and it contains most of the "good" nuts.

Many Blessings,

1 comment:

Janis said...

Good for Hugh for taking care of his health. I think the best are pecans.


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