Today is National Nut Day, and we’ve got a list of some of the tastiest, most nutritious nuts you can easily add to your diet.
Nuts have always been a healthy go-to snack to boost energy during a midday slump and to get essential nutrients needed for optimal health.
Why are nuts so healthy? They’re full of monounsaturated fats, which help to lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and the risk of heart disease. Nuts are healthiest in their raw form, so try to mix them into your food instead of eating ones with added sugar or coatings.
Peanuts and almonds are the most consumed nuts in the world. And though they can be healthy, it’s a good idea to add a variety of nuts to your diet to take in more nutrients and minerals.
If you’re allergic to peanuts or tree nuts, look into these foods to stay heart-healthy.
Click the photos below to find out how these nuts can be part of a nutritious diet and even help prevent chronic disease.
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