Five Ways to Enjoy Nuts and Seeds

Have you been avoiding nuts and seeds for fear of their high fat content?

If you have, you are not alone. In recent years, our country has been bombarded with nutrition messages warning against the dangers of eating too much fat. Of course, eating too much of the wrong kinds of fat (saturated fat and hydrogenated fats, which are found in red meats and processed junk foods) can be detrimental to health.

But, unfortunately, when it comes to dietary fat, many of us have thrown the "baby out with the bath water," so to speak. And, now, many people try to avoid all sources of dietary fat, including the essential fats our bodies need for health, which are found in foods like nuts, seeds, and cold water fish, such as salmon.

The fats found in nuts and seeds, the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, are vital to the health of our brains, immune and cardiovascular systems, skin and hair. In addition to supplying essential fatty acids and healthy monounsaturated fats, nuts are rich in protein, fiber and important trace minerals. If you've been leaving nuts out of your favorite dishes, it's time to take a new look at these nutrient powerhouses.

Here are a few quick ways to include various nuts and seeds in your diet.

For more ideas and information, please see the articles on almonds, walnuts, flaxseeds, and pumpkin seeds in our foods database.

Enjoy!

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