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Nuts for nuts!

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If your snacks do not include nuts, you should reconsider what you are snacking and go 'nuts for nuts.'

Nuts contain a variety of heart-healthy ingredients, including omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid, dietary fibers, and essential vitamins. Research has suggested for years that these substances may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.  A recent analysis of several studies offers more direct evidence about the benefits of nuts. These studies found that nut eaters compared to non-nut eating control groups had a 5.1 percent reduction in total cholesterol, a 7.4 percent reduction in "bad" LDL cholesterol, and an 8.3 percent improvement in the ratio of LDL to "good" HDL cholesterol. Participants ate about 67 grams, or about two handfuls, of nuts and benefits were associated with all types, including pecans, almonds, walnuts, and cashews.

When you switch your snack to nuts, make sure the calorie intake is about the same or less. Enjoy you nutty snack, and go 'nuts for nuts.'