Just following my previous post about almonds, I thought I share with you some myths around almonds.
These might be true for other nuts too!
1. I’m trying to lose weight. Does it mean I can’t have nuts?
That is nonsense! Latest research shows that enjoying a handful of nuts regularly as part of a healthy diet can help with weight management. If you’re trying to lose a few cms doesn’t mean you can’t eat nuts. Enjoy a handful of nuts, along with 2 serves of fruits and 5 serves vegetables and you’re on your way!
2. My cholesterol is through the roof. I heard that nuts are very fatty hence I should avoid them.
The fats in nuts are healthy fats- predominantly unsaturated fats that help reduce your risk of heart disease. It does not increase your cholesterol level- in fact, almonds can lower total and ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol, as confirmed by one study which shows that a 73g serve of almonds each day reduced LDL cholesterol by almost 10% while 37g (a handful) reduced by around 5%.
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