In study after study, the results are the same: Eating nuts helps prevent cardiovascular disease. In fact, the combined results of four huge studies, including more than 170,000 men and women, show that munching on nuts on all or most days of the week cuts the risk of heart attack by an incredible 35 percent, says the Healthy Heart Miracle Diet. Nuts are a great healthy snack for other reasons as well. Here are four nuts to choose depending on your nutrition goal:
TRY... Almonds for weight loss If weight loss is your goal, try a handful of almonds. WebMD reports that several studies on almonds showed that, even when calorie counts are the same, diets that included almonds seemed to help people shed more pounds.
TRY... Walnuts for omega-3s Walnuts are one of the few non-fish sources of this beneficial nutrient. Walnuts contain alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that is similar to the one found in salmon and herring. Lightly toasted walnuts are delicious on salads.
Warning: Don't go too nuts. Nuts, in general, are calorie dense—160-200 calories per ounce—enjoy in moderation.