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Nuts are nature’s way of showing us that great things come in small packages. A handful can pack your diet with plenty of protein, fiber, unsaturated fats, and wonderful vitamins and minerals. I always keep mixed options in my desk at work so I won’t be turning to chips or candy when I have the urge to snack.

Let’s break down what each of these common nuts are good for…

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Benefits of Almonds:

– Helps with weight loss and reduces body fat

– Lowers blood pressure

– Lowers cholesterol

– Offers the most nutrients per calorie per ounce (23 nuts)

– Good source of calcium, iron, fiber, vitamin E (prevents pre-mature aging), magnesium, phosphorus (building strong bones and teeth), flavonoids (lowers risk of heart disease), riboflavin and L-carnitine (boost brain activity)

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Benefits of Peanuts:

– Helps to maintain healthy skin, hair and muscles

– Helps to quicken metabolism and regulate body’s hydration level

– Can aid in muscle cramping

– Good source of protein, vitamin E, niacin, folate (promotes fertility), magnesium, copper (lowers cholesterol levels), manganese (regulates blood sugar level) and vitamin B3 (memory boost)

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Benefits of Hazelnuts:

– Has anti-aging components

– Helps the production of healthy red and white blood cells

– Helps to lower “bad” cholesterol

– Good source of magnesium (helps with muscle soreness and cramps), copper, manganese, vitamin E, phosphorus and fiber

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