Hardly a day goes by that we don’t snack on our own products. That’s not surprising- but most of us that work here will tell you that eating a handful of nuts keeps our hunger at bay and gives us energy to boot, especially when we are too busy to grab a meal.
While nuts and seeds contain a lot of calories, they are the best quality calories and are high in unsaturated fats, especially monounsaturated fat. Nuts have been shown to be very satisfying and this makes them a great choice for snacking. Instead of potato chips or crackers, have nuts. There’s great research that shows you won’t gain weight eating the nuts, while eating potato chips is clearly linked with disease (Am J Clin Nutr 2006;83(2):284-90).
In one study researchers found that participants who were eating 5 or more 1-ounce servings of nuts per week were 26% less likely to die from any cause, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, or stroke. That’s huge! Even more interesting is that those who reported eating just a little less – between 1 and 4 servings per week – reduced their risk of death by about 15%. (Am J Clin Nutr 2015;101(2):407-12) Why are fruit and nuts good for you : Evidence-based health information from Dr. Gourmet