WHAT’S IN THE CHRIST­MAS NUT BOWL?

Country Living (UK) - - Health & Beauty -

AL­MONDS

Rich in cal­cium, they’re a great way of help­ing main­tain bone health. Eat with the skin in­tact and you’ll get the hearthealthy flavonoid ben­e­fits, too.

CASHEWS

A study by Har­vard Univer­sity found that reg­u­larly eat­ing cashews re­duced a woman’s risk of de­vel­op­ing gall­stones by 25 per cent.

HAZEL­NUTS

Re­search has dis­cov­ered that eat­ing hazel­nuts can help re­duce choles­terol lev­els in men.

CHEST­NUTS

With a dif­fer­ent make-up to most tree nuts, chest­nuts are rich in starchy fi­bre. They are also the nuts with the low­est fat.

PIS­TA­CHIOS

One study found that peo­ple on the cusp of type 2 di­a­betes found it eas­ier to con­trol their blood sugar if they ate 60 pis­ta­chios a day.

WAL­NUTS

Wal­nuts con­tain more omega-3 fatty acids than any other nut. A re­cent study in the US as­cer­tained that reg­u­lar con­sump­tion could im­prove gut bac­te­ria and re­duce bad choles­terol.

BRAZIL NUTS

Brazils are a good source of the min­eral se­le­nium, which is needed for healthy thy­roid func­tion. Eat­ing one to three is gen­er­ally enough to meet your rec­om­mended daily amount.

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