Ways nuts promote heart health:
- Nuts contain L-arginine, an amino acid that helps make nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is an enzyme released in the arteries that relaxes the blood vessels.
- Nuts contain good fats like mono and polyunsaturated fats. These fats help decrease inflammation, lower bad cholesterol and are anti-thrombogenic (reduces your risk of developing blood clots).
- Nuts contain plant sterols and soluble fiber that bind with cholesterol and prevent its absorption in the intestines.
- Nuts contain vitamin E, an antioxidant that stops the production of free radicals.
- Nuts are among dietary plants with the highest content of antioxidants!
Ways nuts promote healthy weight:
- Nuts contain fiber, fat and protein. All contribute to the feeling of satiety.
- Nuts contain oleoylethanolamide, an appetite-suppressing compound found in tree nuts.
- Nuts contain a variety of B vitamins and minerals that all work together to help promote healthy metabolism.
For information on selection and storage of nuts, review Harvest to Health: Nuts on the MissouriFamilies website.
Go ahead and GO NUTS!!
Contributors: Mary Keels, Dietetic Intern, MDHSS & Denise Schmitz, M.A., R.D., MU Extension Nutrition & Health Education Specialist, email@example.com