Healthiest nuts for a longer life

By:Ariba Khaliq, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Mar 06, 2015

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These mini treats have major nutritional benefits. And while all nuts are healthy, each variety has its own unique benefits. We put the spotlight on the standouts.
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    Let’s Go Nuts

    Research shows, people who eat nuts tend to be leaner and have a lower risk of many heart disease/breast cancer in comparison to people who do not eat nuts. Nuts are high in fat and calories and the New England Journal of Medicine published some findings that show that eating a handful of nuts a day may possibly extend your life.

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    Pistachios

    Pistachios are considered as a nutritional powerhouse and are one of the nuts containing the lowest amount of calories and fat. It is an excellent source of vitamin B6, copper, manganese and contains other essential vitamins and minerals too. Studies show that pistachios has important health benefits and assists in healthy heart, weight management and even lowers mortality rates. Harvard University researchers have found that eating a daily handful of nuts, like pistachios, could improve health and longevity.

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    Hazelnuts

    Hazelnuts are quiet popular choice especially when it comes to deserts. Hazelnut is also known as filberts or cobnuts. They have about 180 calories per 1-ounce serving and contain 3 grams of fiber and is a good source of copper, magnesium, thiamin and vitamin E. Hazelnuts can have a protective effect on heart health and a research from the Journal of Clinical Lipidology found that it helps in lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and total cholesterol.

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    Almonds

    Almonds have 160 calories per serving and contain about 6 grams of protein along with 4 grams of fiber. It is also a good source of vitamin E, copper and magnesium. Almonds are high in calcium, with 75mg per ounce and are also believed to play a role in weight management, heart health and even diabetes prevention. Research published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that having almonds helped progress insulin sensitivity in people with pre-diabetes and the study also indicated that adding almonds to meals can help maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

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    Cashews

    Cashew provides about 160 calories with 4 grams of protein and is high in unsaturated fat. Cashews are also an excellent source of essential nutrients like magnesium and copper, moreover they provide some iron as well. The cashew nut is actually a seed that is harvested from the cashew fruit and the research from the New England Journal of Medicine found that higher nut consumption is linked with lower mortality, which means eating cashews and other nuts may help you fight some diseases and offer a healthy and long life.

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