Nuts Are a Nutritional Winner
Nuts and seeds are a rich source of plant protein, have plenty of dietary fiber, and are high in heart-healthy mono-and polyunsaturated fats (including plant omega-3 fatty acids) and low in saturated fats. They also contain many vitamins and minerals (such as vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, and manganese) and a collection of plant chemicals with potential antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Try these tips to capitalize on the health benefits of nuts and seeds:
- Choose nuts and seeds in place of less healthful options, like processed foods made with refined grains
- Aim for a small palmful of nuts/seeds or a tablespoon of nut butter five days a week
- Choose unsalted nuts and seeds and skip the sugary coatings.