Nuts about Nuts

Posted on July 10, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

Nuts about Nuts

We are usually put of the idea of eating nuts as we think of them as fattening, nuts generally contain healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats rather than artery clogging saturated fats. They usually have a common ground for containing generous amounts of vitamin E, magnesium and other essential minerals. Let’s look at almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts (thought they were extinct) and pistachio nuts (the damn outer shell)

Almonds:  Sure Almonds have fat and (good forbid) Calories in them (yes like any food you can eat tons of them) but it must be recognised these are good fats which in turn will help weight and body fat loss. There is so much justification in eating almonds

1: They are yummy

2: They are rich in monounsaturated fat, which has heart health benefits that exceed reducing cholesterol

3: An excellent source of magnesium which is essential for everyone in and out of exercise

4: An excellent source of vit E and calcium

Walnuts: The brain food, this nut contains the highest amount of omega 3 than any other.

1: Besides lowering triglycerides and plaque formation omega 3s really boost your mood.

2: Maganese, an important trace mineral that is essential for growth, reproduction, wound healing, peak brain function and the proper metabolism of sugars, insulin and cholesterol.

The brain that kind of looks like a brain

Hazel Nuts: The nut that gets ignored but it is very good for you.

1: They contain beta –sitosterol, a wonderful plant sterol. A property that lowers cholesterol and secondly lessens the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia an annoying condition particurly for males over 40 that causes allot of trips to tinkle in the bathroom.

2: They contain generous amounts of fibre, phosphorous and vit E.

Pistachio Nuts: Damn their shells, but well worth the hassle of peeling.

1: Heart and Prostate health

2: Very high sodium/potassium ratio so helps maintain water balance in the body

3: Magnesium, vit E and phosphorus

4: Oh they taste so good