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A great snack for on the go.

Nuts,  Almonds, Walnuts, Macadamia. We all have grown up eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, ants on a log, and peanut butter cookies. They are a great source of many great vitamins but should be eaten sparingly.  Nuts are a fatty food, but this fatty food actually helps you burn body fat!  80 percent of a nut is fat. Even though most of this fat is healthy fat, it's still a lot of calories. That's why you should eat nuts in moderation.  If you want to get rid of fat and lose inches on your stomach then you’ll want to incorporate nuts to your diet. Nuts are perfect as a light snack. Instead of reaching for the chips or other quick junk foods, eat dry roasted nuts.

Although nuts are loaded with fat, this fat is healthy fat ( omega-3 and unsaturated fats) . Nuts are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein which are all vital for controlling blood sugar level and encouraging fat loss. Nuts also maintain fat burning hormones, and they suppress your appetite fill you up quickly and keep you feeling full longer.

  • Unsaturated fats.they contain  both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats — lower bad cholesterol levels.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids. Many nuts are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are a healthy form of fatty acids that seem to help your heart by, among other things, preventing dangerous heart rhythms that can lead to heart attacks. Omega-3 fatty acids are also found in many kinds of fish, but nuts are one of the best plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Fiber. All nuts contain fiber, which helps lower your cholesterol. Fiber also makes you feel full, so you eat less. Fiber is also thought to play a role in preventing diabetes.
  • Vitamin E. Vitamin E may help stop the development of plaques in your arteries, which can narrow them. Plaque development in your arteries can lead to chest pain, coronary artery disease or a heart attack.
  • Plant sterols. Some nuts contain plant sterols, a substance that can help lower your cholesterol. Plant sterols are often added to products like margarine and orange juice for additional health benefits, but sterols occur naturally in nuts.
  • L-arginine. Nuts are also a source of l-arginine, which is a substance that may help improve the health of your artery walls by making them more flexible and less prone to blood clots that can block blood flow.
Type of nut Calories
Almonds, dry roasted 169 High in bone building minerals
Brazil nuts, raw 186  exceptionally high levels of selenium
Cashews, dry roasted 163  help prevent gallbladder disease
Chestnuts, roasted 69   rich in vitamin-C and folate
Macadamia nuts, dry roasted 204  slows digestion and reduces hunger
Pecans, dry roasted 201  protecting body from cancers
Pistachios, dry roasted 161  protect skin from dryness
Walnuts, halved 185  may help relieve hyper tension