5 reasons to add nuts to your diet
It’s no secret that we’re nuts about nuts! When the folks behind The Health Nut got serious about their health, they found this snack option to be more than a tasty, healthy alternative to junk food. It did their bodies well. So for the sake of brevity, we’re going to share the main reasons that you need to add nuts to your diet:
1. An excellent source of the nutrients that your body needs
Even the healthiest adult lacks nutrients and needs help in replenishing them. Nuts are the perfect way to do that daily. They’re rich in vitamins and minerals that include protein, fats (the right kind), fiber, carbs (again, the right kind), vitamin E, and so much more! Eating the right portions of some of our favorite nuts can give you a percentage of your recommended daily serving of these powerful nutrients.
2. Nuts may suppress your appetite
Now, before you get excited, we don’t suggest that you starve yourself to lose or manage your weight! Certain nuts like almonds, cashews, and pistachios can be very filling. If you’re not prone to overeating, this can be a good thing when you’re on a weight loss journey. Although, we’ll leave it to the nutritionists to confirm!
3. May help to reduce or prevent chronic inflammation
Inflammation is your body’s way of protecting you against injury and foreign bodies such as bacteria and harmful pathogens. From that perspective, inflammation is helpful! However, as we mentioned in another post, too much of anything is not good. And chronic or long-term inflammation is that thing. The good news is that nuts are high in anti-inflammatory properties. Nuts like pistachios, walnuts, and almonds have shown to fight inflammation in healthy people. They also fight inflammation in people with serious diseases such as diabetes and kidney disease.
4. They don’t raise blood sugar
Because nuts are low in carbs and sugars, they don’t raise your blood sugar much. That is why if you have type 2 diabetes, adding nuts to your diet can be quite beneficial! Replace high-carb and high-sugar foods with nuts today and monitor your blood sugar levels for signs of improvement.
5. Nuts are high in fiber
Fiber is a non-digestible carbohydrate found in foods. Our bodies cannot digest it. However, the bacteria that live in our colon eats it right up! The colon holds excess waste and toxins that we don’t need in our bodies! A healthy colon is the result of a healthy gut. And in many ways, a healthy gut is a result of a well-balanced diet that is rich in fiber. So, gobble up or your next painful bathroom trip will make you wish that you did!
Do you know of any other health benefits of adding nuts to your diet? We’d love to hear them. Drop a comment with your personal experiences or maybe snack recipes below.