[fusion_text]Do you shy away from nuts because they are high in calories? “Tree-nuts” or nuts are a nutrient dense food that contains diverse macro and micronutrients and other phytochemicals. Nuts are rich in magnesium, which helps regulate blood sugar levels and is involved in energy metabolism. Nuts are also a good source of dietary fiber! Just 50g of almonds a day has been shown to increase weight loss and improve cardiovascular disease risk factors!!

Nuts and brain function….

Nuts may have the potential to prevent or slow cognitive decline in older adults!

A large population based cohort study concluded that higher long term nut intake was associated with better average cognitive status.

Walnuts in particular are high in essential fatty acids, important for brain function……and don’t you love how a walnut actually looks like a miniature brain??

 

Nuts and Blood Pressure….

In a review of various clinical trials, results concluded that total nut consumption lowered systolic blood pressure in participants without type 2 diabetes. Pistachios seemed to have the strongest effect on reducing systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure. Mixed nuts also reduced diastolic blood pressure!

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