Here’s to Your Health

Nuts are good for you, providing protein and many essential vitamins and minerals such as A and potassium.  They’re free of cholesterol and help lower the risk of heart disease thanks to the unsaturated fats they contain. They’re also high in phytochemicals and fiber, both of which are important in protecting against chronic diseases, particularly cancer.  Nuts are a good source of the antioxidant vitamin E, as well as zinc, chromium and magnesium.

The Heart of the Pyramid

In 2003 the FDA approved a health claim that eating 1.5 oz. of most nuts may reduce the risk of heart disease as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol.  Various studies of almonds, cashews, walnuts, macadamia nuts and more have shown nuts to be a source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats which help keep a healthy blood fat profile.  The USDA revised their nutrition pyramid to reflect healthier choices we can make.  The guidelines include nutritious nuts in the protein-rich meat & beans category.  For more USDA information on healthier eating:

http://www.mypyramid.gov/pyramid/meat.html