Nuts are everywhere! They are in the headlines, in traffic and on the shelves of grocery stores. But the kinds of nuts I will be talking about are packed with antioxidants, energy, minerals, protein, vitamins and many omega-3 fatty acids. A handful of nuts are also tasty and can add crunch to other dishes.
Here are just a few of their nutritional benefits:
· Nuts are an excellent source of monounsaturated-fatty acids (MUF)—such as oleic and palmitoleic acids,which lower LDL or the bad cholesterol and increase HDL or good cholesterol. Studies suggest that a Mediterranean diet rich in MUF will help prevent strokes and coronary artery diseases.