Why Are Nuts Good for Your Heart?

Posted on : September 11th, 2018

Heart Healthy Snack Foods with AlmondsHere at Maisie Jane’s we like to say that almonds and other nuts are part of a heart-healthy lifestyle. Studies have shown that just a 1 oz increase in intake of almonds per day led to a 3.5 percent reduction in the estimated 10-year risk of heart disease. But WHY are nuts good for your heart? Let me count the ways!

  1. A diet low in saturated fats and cholesterol is one of the keys in preventing and treating cardiovascular diseases. Nuts—in particular almonds and walnuts— have a low proportion of saturated fats.
  2. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats actually seem to lower the bad type of cholesterol that contributes to heart disease. Nuts are a good source of unsaturated fats.
  3. Nuts contain fiber which also helps lower your cholesterol. The fiber also helps you feel full so it makes a great snack when you need to stave off hunger in the middle of the day.
  4. Nuts are good source of Vitamin E, a nutrient that may help stop the development of plaques in your arteries. Plaque development is a significant factor in chest pain, coronary artery disease and heart attacks.
  5. Many nuts—particularly almonds— are a good source of magnesium, which helps lower blood pressure levels. High blood pressure is a strong factor leading to heart attack and strokes.
  6. Some nuts like almonds and walnuts contain naturally occurring plant sterols. Plant sterols lower cholesterol by blocking the absorption of cholesterol into your blood stream.
  7. Most diet plans for heart health emphasize foods to eliminate. Nuts are a versatile delicious protein and nutrient-rich food you’re recommended to add in! In moderation, of course, you could easily replace heart damaging foods in your lifestyle with nuts and enjoy a better life!

Maisie Jane’s California Sunshine Products, Inc. was founded on strong beliefs and passion for offering unique, flavorful, top-quality, nut products. We strongly believe in earth-friendly practices that start on our family owned and operated orchards. We use Organic farming practices and continue in the process by using all-natural ingredients with no preservatives or GMOs. We believe in honest, friendly and helpful customer relations at all levels. We take pride in every task, every day, with every person.