It's National Nut Day, a time to celebrate the heart health benefits of nuts and nut butters.

October 22, 2012

Every day is National Nut Day at Health! We usually keep at least four different types of nuts butters on hand at all times (for making the incredible sandwich pictured). And we stock plenty of nuts for eating out of hand as well (so does Molly Sims, who says nuts curbed her post-baby food cravings!).

It makes sense to include a variety, as each tree nut has unique nutritional benefits. For example, walnuts contain a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid; pistachios have lutein and zeaxanthin , carotenoids important for eye health; and almonds are the richest in vitamin E. All are great for heart health and pack healthy fats (especially if you eat them raw, not roasted and salted).

Read more about the health benefits of nuts below

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