Add these three nutrition-packed nuts into your diet.
Nuts are an excellent source of lots of good stuff. They are usually packed with protein, healthy fats, fiber, and a variety of other nutrients that often are not as readily available from other sources.
Another benefit to nuts is that they are portable, make a great, satisfying snack when you are on the go.
Nuts are also readily available, year round. Most of the time, if you are traveling, it is not difficult to find some variety of healthy nuts, even at a convenience store, making them an excellent option for people who travel frequently.
There really is not a lot to not like about nuts.
Often, people stick to a small variety of nuts that they are used to, like almonds, cashews, and walnuts. These are a great option, obviously, and they all constitute something you should be including in your diet regularly.
That said, there some other, less popular varieties of nuts that you should certainly be including, as well.
Brazil nuts are delicious, nuts that are rich in healthy fats, fiber, and protein. Brazil nuts, too, are a good source of selenium, thiamine, and magnesium. Particularly selenium, which is a powerful antioxidant with benefits for the cardiovascular system. As an antioxidant, selenium also has benefits against cancer.
Like Brazil nuts, macadamia nuts are loaded with healthy fat, protein, and fiber. Macadamia nuts are also rich in manganese, vitamin B1, vitamin A, and iron. Macadamia nuts may have some benefit for brain health and heart health due to the rich variety of inherent nutrients.
Pecans too are a good source of healthy fat, protein, and fiber. The fat content of pecans may have some serious heart-health benefits, such as lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. Other nutrients in pecans may assist in lowering chronic inflammation, which is linked to a variety of health problems.
(Nuts have a legion of benefits, and often contain a variety of anti-fungal nutrients. The one caveat with nuts is that you should always spot check them for mold. Nuts do have the potential to grow mold and subsequently become contaminated with mycotoxins, particularly, if they are allowed to get rancid. Look for the freshest varieties of organic nuts available. If you ever taste something off, it is best to not consume or even finish chewing. Simply spit, rinse, and discard the remaining batch of nuts.)