Monday, July 21, 2008

I am going nuts today...

If you have ever consulted with me you know I love nuts and natural peanut butter as healthy snacks especially if you want to be thin. Almost everyday I have at least 1 or 2 snacks between meals of 1 Wasa Rye Cracker with Adams Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter. Unlike, wheat or oats, rye releases its carbohydrate content slow into the blood stream and has phytonutrients that help you lose weight and improve your metabolism. See the Rye versus oat,wheat & potato study.
I especially like raw walnuts, brazil nuts, almonds, pistachios, peanuts and dry roasted macadamia nuts the most in the nut kingdom. I recently found a great website that offers superior quality nuts at reasonable prices with quick delivery right to your home. Check them out... NutsOnline.

Here are some recent studies on the health benefits of nuts.


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The "Peanut Butter Diet": Heart-Healthy Alternative To Olive Oil...
Cholesterol-lowering, low fat diets have abounded in recent years in the quest to reduce the risk of heart disease, the most familiar being the American Heart Association's "Step II" diet, which confines dietary fat to less than 25% of calories and replaces the lost fat with carbohydrates. But recent research into the effects of monounsaturated fats (MUFAs, found in olive and certain other oils) suggests that low fat may not necessarily be the best way to ensure a healthy heart.
The high-MUFA diet goes against the conventional wisdom of heart disease prevention in that it is even higher in fat than the average American diet. Instead of replacing lost dietary fats with carbohydrates, the high MUFA diet makes up the "fat equation" with increased amounts of several different monounsaturated fats.

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Sunflower Seeds, Pistachios Among Top Nuts For Lowering Cholesterol...
Researchers have known for some time that nuts and seeds are rich sources of phytosterols, a class of plant chemicals that have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels and improve heart health. In what is believed to be the most comprehensive analysis to date of the phytosterol content of nuts and seeds, chemists at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va., analyzed some 27 nut and seed products and found that pistachios and sunflower kernels had the highest levels of phytosterols among the nuts and seeds that are most commonly consumed as snack foods in the United States. Their study appears in the Nov. 30 issue of the American Chemical Society's Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Brazil Nuts are a great snack and are packed with a selenium to give you a health boost to start your day. Available in bulk at great prices.

Pistachios Lower Cholesterol, Provide Antioxidants...
A handful of pistachios may lower cholesterol and provide the antioxidants usually found in leafy green vegetables and brightly colored fruit, according to a team of researchers. "Pistachio amounts of 1.5 ounces and 3 ounces -- one to two handfuls -- reduced risk for cardiovascular disease by significantly reducing LDL cholesterol levels and the higher dose significantly reduced lipoprotein ratios," says Sarah K. Gebauer, graduate student in integrative biosciences, Penn State, to attendees at the Experimental Biology meeting April 30 in Washington, D.C.

Macadamia Nuts are a gourmet's delight and are available in bulk at great prices at

Hawaiian Treasure, Macadamia Nuts Good For The Heart...
Incorporating macadamia nuts into a heart healthy diet can reduce cardiovascular disease risks according to Penn State researchers. "We looked at macadamia nuts because they are not currently included in the health claim for tree nuts, while other tree nuts are recommended as part of a healthy diet," says Dr. Amy E. Griel, recent Ph.D. recipient in nutritional sciences. "Macadamia nuts have higher levels of monounsaturated fats, like those found in olive oil compared with other tree nuts."

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