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Did you know . . .

A balanced diet gives your body the vitamins and minerals it needs to function at its best.

Today's tip for eating well:

Swap out a sugary or deep-fried snack for 1/4 cup of walnuts.

Walnuts are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, good fats, fiber and plant compounds that the body uses to function optimally.

In fact, the health benefits are so vast that the research of their health benefits has been going on in California for over 50 years!

Numerous studies suggest that walnuts can have the following health benefits (among many other benefits):

•The polyphenols found in walnuts have been known to lower cholesterol and promote a healthy heart rate.

•The Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids found in walnuts have been known to improve memory and cognitive function.

•Walnuts are packed with vitamin B7 and vitamin E which are beneficial in the growth of hair and nails.

•Walnuts are rich with antioxidants, which help prevent certain cancers.

• Many weight loss studies have shown that the fibre, protein and fat in walnuts make you feel full longer.

Make smart snack choices. Swap out empty calories for natural foods, rich in vitamins and minerals. Walnuts are a great choice!

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