Nuts and seeds are healthy foods that contain protein, polyunsaturated fat, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a health claim stating that daily consumption of 1.5 oz. of most nuts, as part of a healthy diet, can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Consult your nutritionist about adding nuts and seeds to your diet.
Walnuts contain antioxidants and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that may reduce your risk of brain, cardiovascular and bone related disorders and diseases. Research by scientists at the Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston and published in the “Journal of Nutrition” in 2009 discovered that greater intake of walnuts can decrease vulnerability to oxidative stress and aging and enhance cognitive and motor functioning. Research by scientists at the University of Athens in Greece and published in the “British Journal of Nutrition” in 2008 found that walnuts can protect epithelial cells on the inside wall of arteries and stimulate production of bone cells called osteoblasts, in part by an antioxidant called ellagic acid. The research concludes that a walnut-enriched diet protects the cardiovascular system and prevents bone loss.
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Pecans are a nut that contains monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Eating pecans can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. Research by scientists at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces and published in the “Journal of the American Dietetic Association” in 2000 compared blood cholesterol levels in people who consume pecans and in those who do not consume nuts and found that total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, the bad cholesterol, was significantly lower among people who ate pecans. Their weight remained unchanged even though their dietary intake of monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, calories, magnesium and insoluble fiber were significantly higher than the control group.
Flaxseeds contain alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that may reduce your risk of heart disease. Research by scientists at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada and published in “Atherosclerosis” in 1997 found that dietary flax seed supplementation could prevent high blood cholesterol related heart attacks and strokes. The research also found that modest flaxseed supplementation is effective in reducing atherosclerosis or hardening of arteries.
Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids, a healthy fat that may reduce your risk of heart disease. You can eat the seeds with salads or other dishes or snacks between meals. Swallowing unchewed pumpkin seeds or the hulls, however, can cause bezoars that stay trapped in your gastrointestinal tract, including your rectum, which may require surgery to remove, according to research by scientists at the Department of Surgery at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital in Muscat, Oman and published in “Tropical Doctor” in 2009.