It is hard to tell when exactly the nuts were introduced into our diet, but we certainly know it was thousands of years ago… Nowadays, most of us do not include nuts into our daily diet… but why? It probably all comes down to our…
…. super hyped up, lightning speed, turbo boosted lifestyles…..
Most of us do not have enough time to think about properly balanced diet. When it comes to snacking, we eat whatever is on hand. We do not consider if it is good or bad for us… But let me tell you, why you should start chewing on These Nuts!
Ok. That didn’t sound right….
Anyway… all kinds of nuts have many medically proven health benefits. They are super nutritious and very delicious, as well as loaded with antioxidants, great source of healthy fats and protein.
Eating nuts provide a good workout for your jaw. That’s from my personal experience.
Let’s start with these bad boys. Almonds are highest in calcium of all nuts. It can lower the blood pressure in people who are overweight or obese. Great source of vitamin E and magnesium. May be beneficial to people with type 2 diabetes, as it can lower the rise in blood sugar that happens after a meal by up to 30%.
Cashews are rich in iron and is a good source of protein. These nuts are also high in magnesium and have a number of health benefits. Cashews can lower the risk of coronary heart disease, help keeping bones strong and it is also great for skin and hair, as it is high in copper.
Walnuts were already mentioned in the previous post about the best brain foods. These nuts are high in omega-3 fatty acids, can help to reduce inflammation and reduce age related diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
I remember one of my teachers at school used to say, ‘it looks like a brain, so it is good for your brain’. And even though it isn’t a very strong argument, it kind of makes sense.
What a surprise, hazelnuts are rich in antioxidants too!! It may also lower cholesterol, protect against cell damage and reduce inflammation. I’m not going to lie, it’s not my favorite type of nuts.
Nutella tastes good though..
Do not mistaken it with walnuts, because they look fairly alike. Pecans, like most other nuts, contain various nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Pecans may help lower cholesterol levels, improve digestive health and reduce inflammation. They taste great too.
Pistachios are loaded with nutrients. It is a great source of iron, fiber and vitamin B6. High in antioxidants so it prevents cell damage. Pistachios are one of the lowest-calorie nuts and one of the highest in protein. It can lower cholesterol and blood sugar, as well as increase gut health.
Making pesto and can’t find the pine nuts? Well pistachios can be your best friend for this.
Ohh, Macadamia… These nuts are great. Very nutritious, high in antioxidants and contain many essential vitamins and minerals such as: iron, folate, vitamin A, manganese, protein, B vitamins and healthy fats. Calorie density is the only downside of these nuts. 10-12 macadamia nuts contain around 200 calories. So, count them as you eat.
I am nuts about these nuts!! See what I did there?
Pine nuts are sooooo incredibly delicious! But you know what rhymes with the word ‘delicious’? Antioxidants.
I would probably be the worst poet ever.
Pine nuts are high in antioxidants, vitamin E and zinc. It also goes well with pretty much everything.
Have you tried pine nuts on the pizza? If not, then put it on your ‘to do’ list
All nuts have great health benefits, but it should also be used in moderation. Overconsumption of anything is not good for you. Make a nut mix and eat a handful per day. It can do wonders.