Thursday, April 18, 2013

How important is eating healthy for heart health? Nuts to that!

Very.

According to the British Heart Foundation a healthy diet can help reduce your risk of developing coronary heart disease and prevent weight gain, therefore reducing your risk of diabetes and high blood pressure. It can also help lower your cholesterol levels which have been linked to heart disease. Even if you already have a heart condition, a healthy diet can benefit your heart and your health.

I wouldn’t take Ronny Chieng’s opinion about eating off of (insert body part here) in Singapore being sanitary as the gospel truth or health inspectors testing (insert bodily fluid here) for food, health, and safety issues in Australia as anything but entertainment. But it is awfully funny if you don’t mind the profanity. If you do… Well, I did tell you about the profanity and it’s not educational. Not in the slightest!

I repeat. This video is not for educational purposes.


However, eating nuts as part of a healthy diet can be good for your heart. Nuts contain unsaturated fatty acids and other nutrients that are a great snack food. They're inexpensive, easy to store and easy to take with you where ever you go. The type of nut that you eat isn't that important, although some nuts have more heart-healthy nutrients and fats than others. Walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts… actually almost every type of nut has a lot of nutrition packed into its tiny package. Hehe... I said tiny package. 

And if you have heart disease, eating nuts instead of a less healthy snack can help you with following a heart-healthy diet.

So can eating nuts help your heart? Uh... Hey, Beavis, isn't that what I said?

People who eat nuts as part of a heart-healthy diet can lower the LDL, low-density lipoprotein or the bad cholesterol level in their blood. High LDL is one of the major causes of heart disease.

Eating nuts reduces your risk of developing blood clots that can cause a fatal heart attack. Nuts also improve the health of the lining of your arteries. The evidence for the heart-healthy benefits of nuts isn't concrete—the Food and Drug Administration only allows food companies to say evidence "suggests but does not prove" that eating nuts reduces heart disease risk. Although, depending on the nut, most nuts contain at least some of these heart-healthy substances:

-Omega 3 fatty acids
-Fiber
-Vitamin E
-Plant Sterols
-L-arginine

So why the video with Ronny Chieng? Oh, because people don’t laugh enough and I found the a connection between nuts and him talking about semen in food amusing. If you didn’t. Well... Sorry. I did warn you not watch it. So nuts to you. Badaching.

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