Not too long back, particularly here, in our region, we thought there was something sketchy about nut and peanut butters being sold and marketed as something ‘healthy’ – that is good for you, and we questioned it: “Really?” We generally associate peanut butter with dessert and of course the famous “peanut butter and jelly” sandwich. However, at that time we weren’t as nutritionally educated as we are now.

Studies have shown that most types of nuts can assist weight control and reduce heart diseases. Different types of nuts have different advantages for your body. Walnuts lower cholesterol levels, while flaxseeds lower blood pressure as well reduce blood sugar at the same time.

These heart-healthy snacks are a good way to get in some healthy fats in your diet plan. Whether you’re looking to lose, maintain, or gain, they will always be present as a healthy option. Take a handful as a snack, or maybe include them in your salad. Another way is to include them as a butter, such as peanut butter, almond butter, and cashew butter. However, you must always remember too much of a good thing is always bad. Limit your portions, stick to one large tablespoon of any of the butters, and a handful if you’re going for nuts as a snack.