06 Sep 2013

WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT NUTS AND SEEDS?

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THEY REDUCE HEART ATTACK RISK 

Nuts and seeds to lower total serum cholesterol levels and LDL cholesterol levels:

Walnuts, almonds, chia seeds, sesame seeds, macadamia nuts, hazel nuts, pecan nuts, pistachio nuts, peanuts.

Nuts and seeds to regulate blood pressure:

Almonds,  chia seeds, flaxseeds, sesame seeds.

Nuts and seeds to lower serum triglycerides levels:

Walnuts, peanuts, pecan nuts, chia seeds.

It’s important to balance the higher omega 6’s of nuts with chia seeds and flaxseeds to get a good amount of Omega 3’s.

Nuts and seeds are fairly calorie dense, so if weight is an issue, don’t overdo a good thing.

A ‘healthy heart’ breakfast could consist of a designer muesli made from almonds, walnuts, flaxseed meal, chia seeds, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds, plus some oats and topped off with a few blueberries and yoghurt or rice milk.

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