Health Facts about Nuts
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There have been studies showing that pecans can lower your blood cholesterol levels when eating them as a part of your every day diet. The unsaturated fats in pecans is what helps lower the cholesterol levels. Women who eat more that 5 ounces of nuts each week were at a percent lower risk of developing gallstone disease. Pecans contain over 19 vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, several B vitamins and zinc. Over half the fat found in pecans (60 percent) is monounsaturated fat and approximately another 30 percent is polyunsaturated fat. This means that almost 90 percent of the fats (oils) in pecans are heart-healthy!
Brazil nuts have about 2,500 times as much selenium as any other nut. Selenium is a powerful antioxidant which has been proven to protect against heart disease and cancers like prostate cancer.
Brazil nuts high selenium content also discourages the ageing process and stimulates the immune system. In a study of patients with early Alzheimers disease, antioxidants - including selenium - boosted mood and mental performance. Like all nuts, brazil nuts are an excellent source of protein and fiber. Brazil nuts are high in minerals including zinc and magnesium, and contain useful amounts of phosphorous, copper and iron.
The unique combination of nutrients in walnuts accounts for their scientifically based beneficial effects in lowering cholesterol and improving vascular function. As one of the most nutrient-rich foods available, walnuts provide many of the elements that the body requires but cannot manufacture. Walnuts offer the correct types and balance of these fats. They are unique as one of the most nutrient-dense whole food sources of alpha-linolenic acid, and essential omega-3 fatty acid. The national Academy of Sciences recommends a daily intake of 1.6 and 1.1 grams for men and women respectively. A 1.5 ounce handful of walnuts more than meets the requirement with 3.8g omega -3s. Walnuts are packed with vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants, which are important in the prevention of cancer and other diseases!