Add seeds and nuts to fight chronic illnesses
A big part of living a healthy lifestyle is putting the right things in our bodies. That’s why we make sure to put the right things in our keto, paleo, vegan Grateful Snacking Co. snacks. Our healthy ingredients include plenty of nuts and seeds. Most people know nuts and seeds, including the pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds and flax seeds found in our snacks, are an excellent source of protein and fiber. But did you know that they’re also strong allies in the fight against chronic illnesses such as coronary heart disease, diabetes and even cancer?
Numerous studies report that people who eat seeds and nuts are less likely to die of heart disease, cancer, and respiratory diseases and the more nuts in your diet, the lower your risk. While it’s true that nuts and seeds are high in calories and fat, that can be a good thing when it comes to health benefits.
The unsaturated fats in nuts help reduce ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL) levels while working to increase good cholesterol (HDL), which helps to filter the bad cholesterol out of your body. Studies show that people who regularly eat nuts have a thirty to fifty percent lower risk of heart attack, sudden cardiac death, or cardiovascular disease.
We love the added crunch seeds and nuts add to our crisps and granolas, but it’s the health benefits that really get us excited. Here are our GREAT EIGHT seeds and nuts that can bring a lot to your healthy lifestyle.
THE GREAT EIGHT
They’re packed with fiber, protein, vitamin E, manganese and magnesium, making them a go-to nut for all-around health benefits. While almonds are good for general cardiovascular health, they also contain an amino acid called arginine that may help with erectile dysfunction by relaxing blood vessels and improving circulation.
Chia seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids making them very heart healthy. These tiny seeds form a gel when soaked in liquid, making a nutritious (and vegan) thickener for things like chia breakfast pudding, smoothies and our delicious Multi-Seed Crisps to name a few.
Flax seeds are anti-inflammatory, full of fiber and also one of the ingredients we use in our snacks. They have a nice nutty flavor and provide a boost of plant-based protein. In addition to being great for cardiovascular health, they also provide fiber, which improves digestive health and relieves constipation.
Pumpkin seeds, found in our Multi-Seed Crisps, are essential for a salty crunch. These low-carb seeds are also known for helping lower LDL cholesterol. Some studies have shown eating pumpkin seeds may benefit people with type 2 diabetes by helping regulate insulin.
These are another Grateful Snacking favorite. Sunflower seeds are packed with good fats and fiber. They also contain vitamin E, which supports prenatal health and nourishes your skin. With high concentrations of phytosterols, they can lower cholesterol and boost cardiovascular health as well.
These wonderful nuts are both crunchy and creamy. If you’re iron deficient, cashews are your number one nut with 1.9 g of iron per ounce. They can also benefit bone and joint health by adding extra magnesium and copper to your diet.
Pine nuts, known as pignoli in Italy, are delicate and buttery. These tiny nuts look like small kernels of corn and are full of magnesium. Magnesium is important for many processes in the body, including regulating muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure.
These tasty little seeds are more than something to put on a hamburger bun. They’re full of protein, calcium and unsaturated fats. They’re also a good source of copper, which reduces inflammation and can help relieve arthritis pain.