I believe that the aphrodisiac characteristics of nuts are well known to you, but are they also nutritional ?! Rich in healthy fats and numerous vitamins, they should be part of our daily routine, for the reasons listed above and below.
Evidence tells that people who eat nuts often are less susceptible to heart disease and the complications that go with them than those who eat them very rarely. Several studies that address this topic show that regular consumption of these fruits reduces the chances of cardiovascular disease and myocardial infarction by as much as 30 to 50%.
Nuts achieve this effect in several ways. The richness of unsaturated fatty acids that they have helps lower LDL “bad” cholesterol, and increase the levels of HDL “good” cholesterol. A particularly important group of unsaturated fats that are also essential are omega 3 fatty acids that prevent conditions such as arrhythmia, blood clots and heart attack.
Also a number of amino acids that are an integral part of the nuts participate in the relaxation of blood vessels, and thus lowering blood pressure.
Vitamins are numerous. Antioxidants such as vitamin E and folic acid as well as high levels of potassium and dietary fiber only complement the perfect picture of a daily snack.
Now, all this is nice, but you have to think about the calories as well. Since 80% of nuts are fat, although most of them are healthy, it still means a lot of calories. So eat in moderation, and it would be ideal to put nuts as a substitute for saturated fats in your diet like meat, eggs and dairy products.
Consuming 40g nuts (one hand) per day in combination with shortening the intake of saturated fats, will have a beneficial effect on your general health.