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Why Walnuts Are the Healthy Snack You’ve Been Looking For

If you eat three times a day like most men, the time in between meals can feel like forever.

You have work to do, but it’s hard to focus because you can’t stop thinking about how hungry you are. You could pull out something to snack on, but we all know what kind of slippery slope that is.

Is there a convenient way to suppress your appetite until lunch? Is there even such a thing as a “healthy snack”?

Turns out, walnuts may be the answer you’re looking for.

Not only are they delicious and inexpensive, (you can get your daily fill for under $2), but man are they good for you.

We’ve long known that walnuts lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure, but a 2020 study has shown the benefits for your gut microbiome and heart health.

The study involved placing participants on an average American diet for two weeks. Then, they were split into three groups with different diets for six weeks, one of which involved daily walnuts.

According to fecal analysis, the study concluded that walnuts were linked to the flourishing of good bacteria in the gut microbiome. This much-needed bacteria species (Eubacterium eligens) is known for promoting heart health and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.

So, you don’t need to starve yourself using brute force self-control to avoid snacking. You just have to make the switch to a healthy snack, like walnuts.

You’ll be surprised at how small improvements to your diet can lead to substantial boosts in your overall well-being.

Go ahead and pick up a bag of walnuts and snack away.

But careful, just because it’s “healthy” doesn’t automatically make it an all-you-can-eat sort of thing. I mean, the stuff’s pretty high in calories, which is worth keeping under control, especially if you are aiming for a caloric deficit for weight loss.

For walnuts, the study recommends a daily intake of 2-3oz.

Happy snacking! 

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