Tuesday, October 13, 2015

5 Nuts to go Nuts Over

5 Nuts to go NUTS over !
Let’s look at Pistachio nuts. Aside from the fact that I’d argue that they are the tastiest nut of all, they are so good for you. Each nut has around 4 calories. That’s not a great deal. The Pistachio makes you take time to savor the taste makes because you need to crack each one individually.
A very close second place is almonds. A handful of raw unsalted almonds eaten every day is the simplest way of incorporating many of the nutrients that your body ought to be getting each day. Each almond contains vitamin E, calcium, magnesium and potassium. All right there in one little nut. As with most nuts, almonds are a superb source of protein and fiber and by their very nature are low in sugar. In actual fact, of all tree nuts, almonds rank the highest when it comes to protein, fiber, calcium, vitamin E, riboflavin and niacin content by weight. Add to this that they can be turned into excellent butter and milk and you have pretty much the perfect food and all it requires is a handful as you go to work in the morning. So easy, so simple. To add to this, they also look after your heart and your weight and you’re stuck for reasons why they shouldn’t be in your diet.
Brazil Nuts
Amazonians have been eating these and using them as a staple source of protein and energy for a long, long time. Surely that speaks volumes?They also contain vitamin E and are a really good source of mono-unsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) like palmitoleic acid and oleic acid that helps to lower LDL which is more commonly known as “bad cholesterol”. Not only are Brazil nuts high in selenium, but they are actually the highest yielding natural source of this particular mineral. Why do you need selenium? Making sure you have enough in your diet helps prevent coronary artery disease, liver cirrhosis, and cancers. Add to that the fact that they have good levels of copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and zinc, and you’ll be scratching your head as to why you don’t chow down on these more often.
Cashew has a considerably lower fat content than most other nuts. Just over 80% of the fat in a cashew is unsaturated fatty acids, with around 66% being monounsaturated fats – the same kind as you find in olive oil. When monounsaturated fat is added to a low fat diet, it helps cut down high triglyceride levels. These are a form in which fats are carried in the blood. High levels of triglycerides are known for increased risk in heart disease, so by adding cashews to your diet, you not only make sure your heart has a better chance of staying healthy, but it’s an especially good idea for anyone with diabetes.
Let’s make no mistake about this. They are high in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). This is a type of omega-3 fat, which as most of us know, is important to the body. So concentrated in ALA, it’s shown that just a quarter cup full of shelled walnuts gives you almost all the recommended daily value intake you need for healthy fat. When you consider that the body cannot take omega 3 on it’s own, it’s important to find foods that contain it, which is why walnuts are the perfect food. Why do you need omega 3? It fights heart disease, stroke and even offers protection against things like cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowels and even depression.
These are just five that you ought to consider adding into your diet. There are so many more to try and when you do, just remember how these tiny morsels of joy are helping not only tickle your taste buds, but doing a job for your body, too.

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