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Why it's OK to go nuts


They put the "nut" in nutritious.

Are they fatty? Yes.

Tasty? Also, yes.

Healthy? You better believe it.

They also play host to a ton of skin-enhancing micronutrients and are a good source of fiber and protein.

They help prevent against chronic diseases.

Not to mention, their buttery, smooth texture and nutty flavor (I know, I know, you can't describe a word with the same word but how else do you explain "nutty"?) make an excellent, healthy, no-preparation snack!

So, here are a few reasons to go nutty...

Nuts are an excellent source of macronutrients and fiber. The 3 macronutrients are fat. protein and carbs. They provide calories of energy and are required to maintain body functions and navigate normal activities of daily life (ADL). If you've ever overheard the phrase "but does it fit my macros, bruh" from a sweaty, big ol' Arnold Swarzenegar looking type guy - well, he's talking about macronutrients.

The fats in nuts are mainly monounsaturated fat with a small trace of saturated fat.

In chemical terms, monounsaturated fats are fats that only have one double bond. In nutrition terms, monounsaturated fats (MUFA's) they have a ton of health benefits that include aiding in the risk of heart disease, decreasing inflammation and provide micronutrients that can enhance your skin and hair such as vitamin E and magnesium. Magnesium is found in every cell in your body. Roughly 60% of magnesium in your body is found in bone and the rest is found in your muscles, soft tissues, blood and other bodily fluids. -It helps convert food to energy. -Helps create proteins from amino acids. -Involved with contractions and relaxation of muscles. -Helps create and repair DNA and RNA. -Helps send messages (neurotransmitters) throughout your brain and nervous system. Vitamin E has been shown to provide moisture to the skin, helps in the minimising the appearance of scars and helps with skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

Some studies have shown that nuts may also help with metabolic syndrome factors such as cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. They're also shown to improve your blood sugar levels and may help in the prevention of certain types of cancers. So, with all that being said feel free to go a little nuts! It's OK.

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