Increase Your Lifespan and Your Health with Nuts and Seeds

Did you know that eating nuts may help increase your lifespan, lower your risk for cardiovascular disease and cancer, help in weight loss and are a benefit in diabetes management? How is it possible that such a tiny food possesses such amazing properties?

Nuts and seeds are such wonderful sources of micronutrients and healthful fats that I try to include them in a variety of ways when I am eating. I toss a few raw, walnuts and flaxseeds in my oatmeal at breakfast and add other nuts or seeds to the blender if I make a smoothie; I often add lightly toasted nuts and seeds to my salads at lunch and dinner; and I always use nuts to make creamy salad dressings and dips.

I also sometimes grind nuts as the basis of a crust, mixed with oats, for pies instead of using a traditional flour crust. Nuts and seeds are very versatile and healthful, but they are often mislabeled as fattening.  They are calorie-dense, so they are not for snacking on.  They replace the calories supplied by meats, oils and processed food in your diet and as such they offer well-documented cardiovascular and longevity benefits.

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