Nuts are very rich in essential fats & at the same time they are also very rich in vitamins, minerals, fats, protein and Fiber. But While we munch on them, we really need to think, Are these Nuts good for your weight loss? Would eating Nuts affect your calorie intake or disrupt the weight loss journey?
Before you decide whether to eat them or not, let's look at some health benefits of a few Nuts:
ALMONDS: Almonds are extremely rich in Fiber, Vitamin-E, magnesium, fat. They help in reducing Heart related problems. They are also a good snacking option while on weight loss program. In my diet plans, I often suggest consuming 5-6 almonds daily.
WALNUT: Walnuts are excellent source of omega-3 fatty acid and lots of fiber. They help in reducing the cholesterol levels. They also help in making your skin glow and help in brain developments hence is often suggested to teenage kid and expecting mothers. Did You Know Fact: Walnuts are often called as "SuperFood", click to read Why!
CASHEWS: Cashew Nuts or as in India, we call them Kaju, have often consumed raw, roasted or as a garnish over deserts. Since our childhood, we have been fond of this Cashew Nut. While it leaves us with a sweet taste, there are many myths around Kaju or Cashew being bad for your health. Let's break them today! Cashew Nuts are full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which are required for proper functioning of the body, these kidney shaped nuts are extremely beneficial, given here a few. Must Read: Top Health Benefits of Cashew Nuts or Kaju
PEANUTS: Peanuts are rich in fiber, anti-oxidants, fat, vitamin-E, dietary protein. They helps in reducing heart related problems as it contains both mono and poly-unsaturated fats. But be careful about the quantitiy of intake with peanuts, since they are common reason to gas, heartburn, weight gain too, if taken in higher quantity. One should avoid salted or Masala peanuts for sure!
RAISINS: Eating raisins in correct portion won't cause weight gain. Although they are high in sugar, they release good amount of anti-oxidants which can help you increase your metabolism and results into faster weight loss. Dried Powder form of Raisins are often used as Sugar Replacements. Keeping a control on quantity of Raisin intake is very important.
Things You Should Always Keep in Mind
First of all, portion size needs to be taken care off. Overeating or over munching of Nuts can reverse your hard work behind the lose weight
Don't eat in a one go. Slowly munch them
Avoid Fried, Sweetened, flavored or salted Nuts as they are high in calorific value and lower in Nutritional Value
Add them in your oatmeal, Yogurt and also in your soups or Salads
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Enjoy journey to health..!!