Go nuts for better health

As one of Canada’s most beloved snacks, peanuts and peanut butter continue to show their nutritional powerhouse benefits. As pointed out in a recent article from The Sydney Morning Herald, they deserve some serious health credit.

Nuts, in general, can promote heart health, reduce the risk of diabetes and help lower cholesterol. They’re also helpful in lowering the risk of heart disease, as well as some forms of cancer by providing essential vitamins and minerals, and may even reduce cognitive decline. Let’s not forgot what nuts do to help control our appetites, too. Their mix of omega-3 fatty acids, protein and fibre will help you feel fuller longer, so you’re snacking the healthy way.

It’s key to watch out for those tasty but non-nutritious treats like chocolate-, caramel- or toffee-covered peanuts that won’t provide the same nutritional benefits. When it comes to peanut butter, experts say to look for spreads that contain the fewest ingredients possible.

What’s important to remember is that nuts contain the good-for-you-fats. In fact, many studies have found that as nut consumption increases, body mass index decreases. Enjoy a handful of nuts a day as a snack, or added to meals.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald