World Heart Day 29 Sep
Nuts are plant-based, wholesome foods! Most nuts contain these heart-healthy substances:
Unsaturated fats. The ‘good’ mono- and poly-unsaturated fats in nuts can help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.
Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s have been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease. Among other things, they help to reduce blood triglycerides levels.
Fibre. All nuts contain fibre, which helps lower blood cholesterol levels by reducing cholesterol re-absorption from the intestine.
Antioxidants. The antioxidants vitamin E, riboflavin, selenium, manganese, copper, zinc and polyphenols are all found in nuts. They protect the body’s cells from damage caused by oxidation (a process linked with the risk of developing heart disease).
Phytosterols. Nuts naturally contain phytosterols, which help lower blood cholesterol by reducing the amount that the body absorbs.
Arginine. The amino acid arginine helps blood vessels remain flexible and less prone to blood clots.
Nuts are also naturally low in saturated fat and sodium, and contain no dietary cholesterol.
To put it simply, Let's Go NUTS for our heart health!