The Top Five Healthiest Nuts

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For many years,
nuts have gotten a bad rap for being high in fat. But in reality,
nuts are a vital part of our diet, as they are high in monounsaturated
fats that actually keep us heart-healthy and disease-free.

Healthy nuts
are also great sources of protein, minerals and other life-enhancing
nutrients. Scientific studies now show that different types of nuts
and seeds can actually prevent heart disease, weight gain and the
accumulation of LDL cholesterol.

All nuts should
be organic, eaten in their raw state, and not irradiated or roasted.
Here is my list of the five healthiest nuts you should add to your
diet. (In no particular order)

1. Almonds

A small handful
of almonds gives you almost 25% percent of your daily needs for
magnesium, and more bone-strengthening calcium as an equal amount
of cow
milk
.

They are also
high in many antioxidants, such as vitamin
E
and selenium. Studies show that almonds may play and important
role in preventing colon
cancer
due to their high fiber content. Almonds also help us
to actually lower negative forms of cholesterol in the blood stream.

2. Walnuts

One of the
best nuts on earth, walnuts may actually increase
our brain function
. Studies show that consumption of walnuts
is related to heart-health, better cognitive function, as well as
the reduction of skin and bone conditions. Packed full of an antioxidant
known as ellagic acid, researchers have shown that walnuts contain
16 disease-fighting polyphenols.

3. Pecans

Recent clinical
studies show that this nut significantly lowers
cholesterol
. Pecans are also a great source of twenty essential
vitamins and minerals.

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October
2, 2009

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