Stay healthy. Stay beautiful….one health tip at a time.

I’m nuts about nuts.  My husband can tell you that.  In fact, I fell into his trap with his constant supply of Macademias.  We were involved in a long distance relationship (he’s from America and I live in Singapore, then) and every time, he came to visit, he would tote bags of macademias.

Like the sultan who couldn’t kill the storyteller (One Thousand and One Night story?)–she was smart enough to end the story on a cliff-hanger, whatever that means.  My husband would entice with his salty crunchy treats and I would be helpless.

If you ransack my pantry, you will find an assortment of them.  Now, I don’t’ snack them with  guilt–yes, they have high fat content but there are too many reasons to lay them off.  According to a recent study of more than 64,000 Chinese women, those who had peanuts every day cut their risk of developing diabetes by 21 percent.

Not a peanut person?–I’m not either–researchers assure that other nuts are just as effective.  Take your pick–walnuts, almonds, cashews and yes, macademias.  An ounce a day would not pack on pounds, they added.

Nut fame is not limited to diabetes control–it has high levels of monunsaturated fats that are actually twice as good for your heart as a low-fat diet. Nuts have other nutrients too–Vitamin E, magnesium, copper and phytochemicals that are linked to heart health.

But that’s not all.  Nuts like walnuts are loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids that can help lower cholesterol.  Pistachios have phytosterols, Vitamin E and L, arginine and monounsaturated fat that can lower the bad cholesterol while raising the good cholesterol.

So, what do you say– join me in my nutfest?  Snack on them–you can make your own trail mix with your favorite nuts and dried fruits.  Just buy an assortment of your favorite nuts  (preferably unsalted) and toss them together with some dried fruits.  Put them in an air-tight jar so they last longer.  Bag them and  take them with you to work, to school or whenever you feel a food attack.

Nuts are versatile.  You can toss them in your stir-fry, in your deserts, and  cereals for texture and crunch.  You can also chopped them finely to coat your meat to provide crunch and flavor.

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