Whether it was for a school project or studying the side of your cereal box, we have all seen the food pyramid. Planted right in the center of the pyramid are the Omega 3 foods. It’s suggested to intake one to three servings of these foods, which include fish, oil and—yes, you guessed it—nuts!

Nuts give your body essential fatty acids, vitamin E, proteins and minerals. They are also an appetite suppressor that leave you with a satisfied full feeling. Including nuts in your diet helps protect against heart attacks and can lower your risk for heart disease as much as 30%.

Let’s take a look at some the different nuts out there:

PEANUTS

  • Packed with vitamin-B
  • Help reduce the chances of a stroke
  • Have amino acids essential for growth and development

With flavors like honey roasted, spicy and chili lime, you’ll never get bored using peanuts in recipes or eating them by themselves!

ALMONDS

  • Rich in fiber
  • A great source of energy and protein
  • Just a handful of almonds a day helps naturally lower your cholesterol

Place almonds on a baking sheet, coat them with brown sugar and bake them for a few minutes. It’s a quick and tasty treat.

WALNUTS

  • Rank highest in quality and quantity of antioxidants out of walnuts, almonds and pecans
  • Help fight against prostate cancer
  • May help boost your memory

Walnuts have always been considered important for their medicinal properties, including curing bad breath, reducing inflammation and healing wounds.

PECANS

  • Help lower cholesterol
  • May increase metabolic rates
  • Protects the nervous system

Naturally occurring antioxidants in pecans may help contribute to heart health and disease prevention!

So the next time you’re at a party and there’s a bowl of mixed nuts, don’t let it just sit there—eat all those nutrients! Not only are they great for your health, they’re a tasty snack, too!

What are you waiting for? Stop at your local Sparkle Market and go nuts over nuts!

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