Are You "Nuts" about Nuts?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2013-02-27 04:37:44 -0600
Started 2013-01-08 19:18:53 -0600

Health Benefits of Nuts and Seeds

Most nuts are rich in healthy monounsaturated fats. Although good for you, these fats are high in calories (almost double the calories per gram as carbs and protein), so you'll want to carefully watch how many nuts you eat if you're trying to lose weight.

The good news is that eating the right portion of nuts and seeds (about one handful each day) can help you lose or maintain weight by satiating your appetite. They can also stabilize your blood-sugar levels and improve your cholesterol and triglycerides, which may reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Additional nutrients in nuts and seeds, such as fiber, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin B6, provide added protection against cardiovascular disease.

Walnuts and ground flaxseeds are especially rich in omega-3 fats, which lower inflammation throughout your body. For this reason, walnuts and flaxseeds are particularly good options for people with arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.

Many nuts and seeds contain magnesium and potassium, which work to prevent osteoporosis. Magnesium also helps protect against type 2 diabetes, and along with manganese and vitamin B6, may improve PMS symptoms.

All nuts and seeds are rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps keep your skin beautiful and may help protect your eyesight. The omega-3 fats, selenium, and zinc in some nuts and seeds offer similar benefits to the skin. Zinc, in particular, helps maintain collagen, which keeps your skin smooth, supple, and firm, and zinc also keeps your nails strong. Along with vitamin B6 and biotin, zinc contributes to healthy hair.

With the aid of nutrients like omega-3 fats, zinc, and niacin (as well as vitamin E), nuts and seeds can help boost eye health, reduce your risk of cataracts and macular degeneration, and slow the progression of vision loss.

While flaxseed, along with some other seeds and nuts that contain omega-3s and magnesium, can help prevent migraines, all nuts and nut butters, as well as pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds, can sometimes trigger migraine headaches in people who are sensitive. Whole nuts and seeds may also trigger IBS symptoms in certain people.

Read the entire article which gives a health related benefits of the following muts and seeds (by clicking on the link below):

Almonds | Brazil Nuts | Butternuts | Cashews | Ground Flaxseed | Ground Psyllium Seeds | Hazelnuts | Macadamia Nuts | Peanut Butter | Peanuts | Pecans | Pine Nuts | Pistachio Nuts | Pumpkin Seeds | Sesame Seeds | Sunflower Seeds | Walnuts

12 replies

jimLE 2013-01-10 14:38:18 -0600 Report

im sooo glad to hear that,on acount i love dry roast peanuts(salted or not) cashews and pistacio's …and i got some of each christmass..

roxiekb 2013-01-09 12:56:20 -0600 Report

I also learned about nuts recently on this website and got lots of great information. Also love nuts.

MAYS 2013-01-09 18:17:04 -0600 Report

Diabetic Connect and the entire Alliance Health "Connect Communities" are a great place for information and support!

Tony5657 2013-01-09 09:30:44 -0600 Report

Thanks Mays for this great informational discussion - so you're Nut #1, right? LOL . AND thanks for helping me with copying the entire article from the link you gave. I was copying it and pasting it into a MS Word document but couldn't figure out how to remove the dark purple background, so dark I couldn't read the text. Mays was kind enough to send me a copy that he pasted into a Text document. If anyone else copies it, paste it into a Text document.

I have many pecan trees and many pecans as a result. I see (in Gabby's "Nut" discussion) that pecans may help my ol' brain. "Pecans may also buffer your brain health, according to an animal study from the University of Massachusetts Lowell." I've been called "The Animal" so maybe there's hope for me after all. LOL

Tony5657, the 3rd Nut in this group. :o)

jayabee52 2013-01-08 19:43:56 -0600 Report

I love nuts, Mays, however they are contraindicated for my Kidney disease due to high levels of potassium. But truth be told, I indulge in them every now and then.

GabbyPA 2013-01-08 19:42:24 -0600 Report

How funny, I just posted a "Nut" discussion from Everyday Heath. Must be the day for munching and crunching nuts.
I didn't know pecans could be good for your heart so much and cashews are brain boosters. Wow.

MAYS 2013-01-08 19:51:25 -0600 Report

Funny indeed!
I noticed yours right after i posted mine, I am glad to be in such great company as yourself, it's nice to know that we think alike! (Love the slide show on your discussion)
I never knew that Hazelnuts were as nutritious as they are, I must pick some up soon.

GabbyPA 2013-01-08 20:13:50 -0600 Report

I like hazelnuts too because they are just nice and big. Not little pieces like some nuts tend to be. I just got about 6 pounds of pecans from a member sent to me. YUM.

Tony5657 2013-01-09 09:16:25 -0600 Report

Yes, and I know who that THIRD NUT IS! LOL Happy crackin'!

Tony5657, the 3rd nut in this group. :o)

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