February is heart month. Heart disease and stroke takes 1 in 3 Canadians before their time and is the number one killer of women, more than all cancers combined. Today, nine in ten Canadians over the age of 20 will have at least one contributing factor for heart disease and stroke. Small changes such as exercise and a heart healthy diet filled with fruits and vegetables are great first steps for a big difference. This February, take your health to heart and help support the over 85, 000 volunteers as they raise funds to help combat this number one killer.
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Nutty Heart Health Facts:
· Replacing foods in a diet that are high in saturated fats with plant-based foods that are high in unsaturated fats – like peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, walnuts and pecans – can lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol while leaving HDL ("good") cholesterol levels unchanged. Doing so can help reduce the risk of heart disease.
· Planters Dry Roasted Peanuts are an important source of plant-based protein and can play a role in a heart healthy, well-balanced diet. They also seven grams of plant protein and are a natural source of energy.
· *Scientific evidence suggests (but does not prove) that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as peanuts, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol and not resulting in increased caloric intake may reduce the risk of heart disease.
· A one ounce serving of Planters Dry Roasted Peanuts provides a good source of:
o Six essential vitamins and minerals including Antioxidant Vitamin E, which helps to maintain cells; Thiamin and Niacin, which helps to convert food into energy; and Magnesium and Manganese, which are important for metabolism and bone health
o Dietary fiber, which supports and maintains normal digestion and promotes heart health