Nuts have been given a “bad rap” because they are high in fat and calories, but everything about them is good for people. Bodies need a little fat in order to function properly and allow the absorption of vitamins A, D, E and K, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. This is why oil and vinegar are used in salad dressings, or butter on broccoli.
However, not all oils are created equal. Those found in nuts are primarily monounsaturated fat which helps lower total cholesterol. The USDA stated that nut oils “do not contain any cholesterol” and the essential fatty acids they contain are vital.
Nuts are also very high in nutritional value. Healthy skin and bodies is ideal for everyone and nuts are a great source of vitamin E; a very important antioxidant which keeps not only the skin undamaged, but also the rest of the body.
Nuts are also a good source of protein, fiber (of which most Americans only get about half their daily value), magnesium (essential to cell function), potassium (for proper heart and muscle function), omega-3’s (for healthy brain and immune system) and many other nutrients.
Studies show that eating nuts or using nut oil as a supplement to other fats like butter, can reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease and even obesity when eaten in moderation. Steven Pratt, M.D. is the author of the book “Super Foods Rx.”
“One study.found an inverse ratio between nut consumption and all causes of mortality,” Pratt said.
Due to the high fat and fiber content in nuts, they are more filling than other options like potato chips which have little nutritional value.
If people are concerned about the high calorie content, try 100-calorie packages and pair it with an apple as an afternoon snack instead of a bag of chips.
Their body will love them for it.