Nuts and Heart Health

Nuts and Heart Health

A recent review of the scientific evidence reveals theintake of almond nuts are associated with significant reductions in cholesterol levels. The authors of the review recommend the consumption of nuts, such as almonds, should be part of a healthy diet in order to help in the maintenance of healthy cholesterol levels and to reduce the risk of heart disease. Nuts are a good source of protein, fibre, good fats, along with containing several important vitamins and minerals.

In response to this review, the Croí Cardiac Dietitians recommend a handful of mixed nuts or seeds as a healthy nutritious snack. As nuts and seeds are high in good fats, they recommend limiting these to no more than one small handful per day and to avoid the salted or sweetened versions of nuts.

Healthier choices are:

  • almonds
  • hazelnuts
  • peanuts
  • pecans
  • pistachios
  • walnuts

Nuts have:

  • protein
  • fiber
  • vitamins
  • minerals
  • antioxidants