As little as 1 oz of salt free nuts a day can reduce your risk of heart disease. Multiple large studies have consistently shown a 30% to 50% reduction in heart attacks or sudden death when a handful of nuts was eaten several times a week. Walnuts have omega 3 fatty acids which seem to prevent arrythmias from developing. Almonds increase Vitamin E levels and lower cholesterol. Vitamin E is an antioxidant which protects cells against damage. There is some research out of U.C. Davis that almonds may reduce colon cancer as well as heart disease. Cashews are also high in omega 3 fatty acids.
Instead of a sweet treat, grab a handful of nuts for a nutritious snack!