By now you’ve probably heard that, barring a serious allergy, nuts are great for you. Underneath their tough shells resides a powerful trio of healthy fats, fiber, and protein. These nutrients that battle hunger and heart disease, help you live longer, and may even make you smarter.
In addition to their mono- and poly-unsaturated fats, some nuts contain inflammation-fighting omega-3s, antioxidants, and other beneficial vitamins and minerals, says Melissa Halas-Liang, R.D., a spokesperson for the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
In general, it’s best to eat a variety of nuts in order to maximize the unique benefits of each kind. While portion sizes can vary greatly (you get 25 pistachios for 100 calories, but just 8 walnut halves) you can’t go wrong with a handful a day.
Excerpted from Runner’s World