When it comes to foods that you should eat to stay young, nuts are a great option. “As part of an overall balanced diet, nuts can be a nutrient-dense addition to a lifestyle eating pattern that may help those seeking foods to feel and look younger,” Lexi Endicott, RD, LD, CCMS, tells Eat This, Not That!
Endicott, who works with To Taste, a culinary nutrition education and consulting company, explains: “Due to their variety of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, low glycemic load, fiber content, protein makeup, and healthy fat profiles, nuts can be an especially healthful replacement to snacks and ingredients that work against anti-aging, such as chips, pretzels, candies, sodas, and crackers.”
Granted, there are some nuts that are better than others if what you’re aiming for is anti-aging effects. In fact, when we asked experts about the five best nuts to keep you looking and feeling younger, these were their top choices:
“Almond nuts are an excellent source of vitamin E, which may protect the skin from UV rays damage, retain skin moisture, and help to repair skin tissue,” says Victoria Glass M.D. of the Farr Institute. “All these attributes play a part in getting healthy and radiant skin that may appear younger.”
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“Walnuts represent one of the most important sources of polyphenols—pedunculagin, an ellagitannin,” adds Kristina Žalnieraitė, a registered and licensed dietitian and the Head of Nutrition & Wellness at Kilo Health. “These polyphenols have a high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory bioactivity that has a positive impact against disease initiation and progression, including cancer, cardiovascular,