WHAT’S IN THE CHRISTMAS NUT BOWL?
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.
A study by Harvard University found that regularly eating cashews reduced a woman’s risk of developing gallstones by 25 per cent.
Research has discovered that eating hazelnuts can help reduce cholesterol levels in men.
With a different make-up to most tree nuts, chestnuts are rich in starchy fibre. They are also the nuts with the lowest fat.
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 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.
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.