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The best nuts for your health

The healthiest nuts contain two types of “good” fats -- monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats -- that may help to lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol levels. Research also suggests that the healthiest nuts may be beneficial for the lining of your arteries while helping to lower your risk of developing blood clots that could lead to a heart attack.

So, what are these healthy nuts

Walnuts

The walnut is, hands down, one of the best healthiest nuts to eat, and that is largely because of its high content of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of omega-3 fat. Just one-quarter cup of walnuts gives you nearly 91 percent of the recommended daily value for this healthy fat.

Almonds

Almonds are an excellent source of protein and healthy monounsaturated fats. Plus, they offer unique benefits for your blood sugar levels as one of the healthiest nuts.


Cashews

Cashews have a lower fat content than most nuts, and the fat they do contain is extremely good for the health of the teeth and gums. It also helps with reducing the cholesterol levels in the blood and keeping the heart vessels healthy with lots of fiber.

Macadamia Nuts

This Hawaiian staple is often considered a decadent treat, but there’s reason to add them to your regular diet. Macadamias contain 78 percent heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, which is the highest of any oil, including olive oil.