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Health Benefits of Nuts

So many people fear nuts. They think “high fat and high calories” and stay far away. Unless you’re allergic, reconsider! Here are a few reasons why:

Did you know nuts, like almonds, cashews, Brazil nuts and pistachios, can actually aid in weight loss?

Many nuts are high in fiber, helping to keep you full, decrease calorie absorption, and improve gut health.

Did you also know nuts are a great source of antioxidants known as polyphenols, which can lower “bad” LDL cholesterol? Almonds and hazelnuts even appear to raise “good” HDL cholesterol while reducing total and “bad” LDL cholesterol, lowering risk of heart disease.

Since nuts are low in carbs, several studies have shown that they improve blood sugar, blood pressure, and other health markers in people with type 2 diabetes.

Research suggests that nuts may reduce inflammation, especially in people with diabetes, kidney disease, and other serious health conditions.

A study on food and longevity found that nut eaters outlive non-nut eaters by an average of two to three years! (Look at Blue Zone studies for more.)

Nut cheeses and milks are a great, protein-packed dairy alternative that you can buy or make at home.

**severe allergy alert: many people are highly allergic so when serving food to guests, know if they can eat nuts before incorporating them, or their sauces, into a recipe.

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