An increasing amount of research shows that one way to improve your heart health is to just go nuts. There’s evidence that moderate nut consumption – as little a few handfuls a week – may ward off heart disease and lower the risk of a heart attack. That’s because they provide fibre, protein, vitamin B6, niacin, and folic acid.
But the key here is the word moderate. Nuts contain up to 80% fat, and even though it’s the heart-healthy unsaturated kind, that still adds up to a lot of calories. Instead of eating them in addition to everything else, you might try substituting them for some less healthy snack. And keep in mind that some nuts are healthier than others: apparently almonds, walnuts, pecans and macadamia nuts lead the pack in terms of heart health.