This blog is for and about the Webster family. Each of us want to make choices every day that will result in optimal health and fitness. We represent different generations and different places in life - from empty-nesters to young families to students. Our health goals are as varied as we are, but we want to have a common place to post our progress and our challenges. We will be accountable to each other - to provide support, design incentives, share information we come across, and in general cheer each other on and celebrate our steps toward fitness! If anyone happens upon this blog and is inspired to be more fit and healthy that is icing on the cake. So here we go!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Kathy - Nuts

Want to hear the good news about nuts?  They are SO good for you!  A study at the Harvard Medical School found that women eating nuts five or more times a week were at a 27% lower risk of type 2 diabetes that were those eating them never or almost never.  Also, it was found that women eating the most nuts gained the least weight over 16 years compared with those eating nuts less frequently.

Over a period of 17 years, Dr. Albert at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston found that men eating nuts two or more times a week were at half the risk of sudden death compared with men who rarely or never ate nuts.

Nuts are rich in vitamin E, magnesium and monosaturated fat, all of which are believed to reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes or it complications.

So, eat about one ounce of nuts (about a cupped handful) of unsalted nuts daily.  Excellent choices are almonds, English walnuts, hazelnuts and pecans.  Also, daily eat 2-3 tablespoons of one of the following:
~ sesame seeds (calcium, copper, and iron)
~ pumpkin seeds (iron, magnesium, L-arginine and zinc)
~ sunflower seeds (copper, magnesium, Vitamin E, and selenium
~ watermelon seeds (zinc and magnesium)

Nuts and seeds are a good choice on your fitness journey.

1 comment:

  1. Yum! I eat almonds as a snack. But the other things like sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds sound good too! Might have to purchase some.