WHY THIS MIX:
Walnuts appear to improve a number of heart disease risk factors, which may be due to their high content of ALA and other nutrients.
Several large studies have found that eating walnuts significantly reduced total cholesterol and “bad” LDL cholesterol while increasing “good” HDL cholesterol levels.
They may also improve other factors related to heart health, including blood pressure and the normal flow of blood through your circulatory system.
In addition, walnuts may help reduce inflammation, which can contribute to many chronic diseases.
Interestingly, a study in college students found that eating walnuts increased a measure of cognition called “inferential reasoning,” suggesting that walnuts may have beneficial effects on the brain
number of studies have examined whether diets high in cashews can improve symptoms of metabolic syndrome.
One study found that a diet containing 20% of calories from cashews improved blood pressure in people with metabolic syndrome.
Another study noticed that cashews increased the antioxidant potential of the diet.
Interestingly, a few studies have shown that diets high in cashews may increase blood sugar in people with metabolic syndrome.
Another larger study observed that a diet rich in cashews reduced blood pressure and increased levels of “good” HDL cholesterol. However, it had no significant effects on body weight or blood sugar levels.