What if we told you there is a nutritious snack that is packed with eye, brain, and probably heart-protecting omega-3 fatty acids, protects against degenerative diseases like arthritis, and reduces your risk of certain types of cancer and type 2 diabetes? Then what if we told you that you only need to eat a small handful of this miracle food once a day, four or five times a week, to enjoy its tasty benefits? You’d stock the pantry, wouldn’t you?! Well, there is such a food, and it’s walnuts. If you’ve been avoiding nuts because of their high fat content, we’re here to tell you to reconsider. The fat is primarily monounsaturated, which helps reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and maintain HDL (good) cholesterol. Just incorporate them into your diet sensibly. That means consuming a small handful every day. They make a filling snack and add flavor when sprinkled on your salad or oatmeal. What if you don’t like walnuts? Try toasting ’em for 9 minutes in a toaster oven (at 275 degrees) or soaking ’em in water. Both methods change their flavor without changing their nutrients. But if you still do not love their taste, fear not! Plenty of other nuts and seeds provide almost the same benefits — almonds, sunflower seeds, cashews, pecans and chia seeds get the job done deliciously, too. None have the omega-3’s of walnuts though.
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