Go nuts! A simple and healthful food tip

As we turn toward that time of year when parties, feasts and get-togethers occur, there is good news to report. A recent study found that boosting consumption of nuts (raw unpeeled walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts) carries a variety of health benefits. These tasty little treats can boost your blood level of serotonin. The result is that you may experience fewer cravings, a happier mood and a healthier heart. Daily consumption of as little as 1 oz of nuts per day can also reduce insulin resistance and help with weight loss or at least help prevent weight gain. So rather than over-analyze this study and try to pick apart which of the healthy components produce these health benefits, just add some nuts to your diet instead. Whether you’re pregnant, trying to become pregnant or just trying live a healthier lifestyle, it’s time to “go nuts.”

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