Know Your Nuts - Benefits & Quantities
Nature often seems determined to prove the old adage that
'good things come in small packages' to be completely true,
and the nutritional power of nuts provides a perfect example of this.
They are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and the
famous 'friendly fats', which provide you with energy without
clogging up your arteries. However, there are so many
different types of nuts available, and each has their own unique flavor, t
exture and, of course, different health benefits. This guide will
look at each type of nut individually, establish the health benefits
of each, and finish up with some suggestions about how you
can mix them all up to give yourself the perfect snack you
can eat regularly!
Nuts - The Bottom Line
Scientists have reported that nuts can actually
help protect against heart disease, and that a
serving of just 0.5oz (13-14g) of nuts a day could decrease
the risk of a heart attack by around 30%. Nuts are so
good for the heart because they are absolutely jammed
with Omega-3 fatty acids, the much discussed 'friendly fats'
that are essential for good health. They can lower elevated
levels of triglyceride and cholesterol, both common causes of
heart problems, and they provide your body with high amounts
of energy, but very little in the way of harmful by-products.
They have also been shown to help curb stiffness and joint pain,
and aid the function of anti-inflammatories, so they are an
excellent dietary choice for people who suffer with arthritis.
That's not to say that you shouldn't exercise some caution
when adding nuts to your diet. They are high in calories,
so if you eat too many without exercising sufficiently,
you could gain weight. However, scientists have found that
nuts can actually help you control your weight because people
who eat more nuts, tend to eat less overall. Those who
regularly snack on nuts, snack less on unhealthy alternatives
like chocolate, candy and baked goods, and will typically
eat less at meal times.
The cell structure of nuts also means that they pass
through the body without depositing fat everywhere - unlike
saturated fats found in processed food, animal fats and dairy
products. As long as you are sensible, you can eat nuts regularly
and gain from all the benefits they offer, without putting on weight.
Different Types of Nuts
There are several different types of nuts, and you can buy them
all individually from grocery stores, supermarkets or health shops.
You can also buy ready made bags of mixed nuts, but we
recommend that you are careful when doing so. Always try
to buy nuts in their purest form if you can - unsalted, unroasted,
fresh nuts are the best option. The easiest way to ensure you
get as many benefits as possible from these bitesize nutritional
superstars is to put together your own mixture, but to do that you
will need to know what each type of nut can offer.
|1. Brazil Nuts|
A Word of Caution:
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