Protect your heart health by chewing more nuts and less red meat! A well-balanced diet should contain a wide variety of food sources, including meat (subject to your preference and lifestyle). Nuts contribute healthy unsaturated fats and protein, which reduces total and LDL cholesterol levels. Besides being a rich source of vitamins and minerals, nuts also provide a great stop-gap for those afternoon munchies!
Here are 3 tips to help you achieve a balanced diet:
Eat about 10-14 mixed nuts a day (40g a day)
The benefits reaped from eating nuts and seeds decreases as one ages. Individuals who are over 80 years do not benefit as much as those in their 30s to 50s. The protein intake is the secret to why nuts are so heart-healthy.
What kind of nuts are best?
Nuts that contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids are:
Choose Plain/Roasted Nuts or flavour your own!
If plain roasted nuts taste too bland to you, try seasoning your own nuts! Instead of buying store-bought premixes, you are in control of how much oil and sodium that go into your handful of daily nut intake.
Incorporate nuts into other dishes
Be in the form of dips or just a crunchy texture on top of your salads, these are some of our favourite ways to incorporate nuts into our meals:
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