Pecans may be good for the heart

Nuts are rich in various mono- and poly-unsaturated ‘good’ fats.  They also contain many different forms of vitamin E as well as fibre, magnesium and other minerals.  Nuts and seeds are an important part of a healthy diet.  The various forms of vitamin E as well as many phenols (bioactive plant nutrients) contained in [...]

Share

Review looks at ways to tackle high blood fat levels

High triglyceride levels, hypertriglyceridemia, and to some extent high levels of certain types of cholesterol are considered a risk for metabolic syndrome (which I have written about in detail here).  To recap:

Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors for heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.  According to the US National Heart Lung [...]

Share

Eating nuts might help to improve cholesterol levels

Nuts and seeds feature almost daily in my diet and are certainly a food that I regularly recommend.  I wrote a piece specifically about almonds a few years ago and since then evidence has continued to accumulate for the health benefits of these foods.  Recently (1) an analysis of published research has found that [...]

Share

Crack a few nuts and indulge with a little dark chocolate. Christmas food, Part II

Dark chocolate, the varieties containing 85% -90% cocoa solids, is something that I really do enjoy (as regular readers of my blog will already know)!  I take comfort in knowing that this treat is also quite healthy.  Numerous studies have now linked the eating of dark chocolate to a reduced risk of heart disease and cancers, [...]

Share