Oc­to­ber is a great month to go nuts

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Feature -

This month, nut fans around the world cel­e­brate In­ter­na­tional Nut Day (Oc­to­ber 22) and all that makes nuts a great food.

Nuts

are high in fat, but much of it is the hearthealthy va­ri­ety.

Wal­nuts

have a high an­tiox­i­dant con­tent, and are also a good source of mo­noun­sat­u­rated, heart-friendly fats, and Omega-3. Stud­ies show they help to lower the bad form of choles­terol (LDL).

Hazel­nuts

are a good source of fo­late, which plays a key role in keep­ing ho­mo­cys­teine within nor­mal lev­els. Ho­mo­cys­teine is an amino acid which has been as­so­ci­ated with heart prob­lems and con­di­tions like Parkin­son’s. Nuts (and seeds) are a fill­ing, low car­bo­hy­drate, pro­tein-rich food and make a great break­fast. Check out our lazy gra­nola recipe on our web­site: www.thisn­zlife.co.nz – search for ‘lazy gra­nola'.

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