We are extremely happy to share Vesna Gino’s article about the health benefits of nuts with the Bb community. Vesna is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach based in Barcelona who champions her clients and friends efforts to eat right and live healthy and balanced lives. In the following article she gives us all some great tips on how to include a variety of nuts in our diets and each nut’s unique benefits.
There are too many health benefits of why you should go Nuts for Nuts. They smell delicious, they taste even better and they can be enjoyed in many sweet & sour, healthy, raw vegan, you name it recipes.
Did you know that technically they are considered to be a fruit? Yes, they have this hard shell on the outside that has to be cracked so you can get the tasty fruit from the outside.
Some of the most commonly consumed nuts are:
– Brazil nuts
– Macadamia nuts
– Pine nuts
Let’s discuss Nutrient Benefits of implementing nuts into your daily life.
First of all, they’re a great snack food. They are not so expensive, easy to store and easy to pack when you’re on the go.
Each nut variety contains its own unique combination of nutrients such as:
Almonds: protein, calcium and vitamin E. Vitamin E is powerful antioxidant and best friend to your gut
Brazil nuts: fibre and selenium – selenium is great for healthy hair
Cashews: packed with Iron and Zinc. They are also know as Brain power boosters. The Iron deliver oxygen to all of your cells and the Zinc provides healthy immunity and healthy vision
Chestnuts: contain fibre and vitamin C, potassium, copper, amino acids and antioxidants
Hazelnuts: fibre, potassium, vitamin E and folate. They improve cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of dementia.
Macadamias: highest in monounsaturated fats, manganese and thiamine. They are the most calorie-dense nuts containing the greatest amount of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.
Pecans: full off antioxidants and fibre. They can help prevent plaque formation in your arteries
Pine nuts: vitamin E and the arginine amino acid
Pistachios: protein and potassium. Potassium is an essential mineral for healthy nervous system and muscles
Walnuts: plant omega 3 and antioxidants. Walnuts are Inflammation fighters. They are great for preventing heart disease, cancers and premature aging.
Nuts should be eaten in moderation. Although 80% of their fat is healthy fat, still it’s a lot of fat. There are times when you can have “Too much of a good thing”.
So, its advisable that you use variety of nuts on daily basis without indulging. After all, Life is about Balance.
Consider using delicious, healthy, raw nut butters like the locally produced Buddha Butters. They are prepared by hand with no sugar or additives and blended with healthy flax seeds, sunflower seeds, poppy and sesame.
The amount of salt in them is down to just a pinch for taste and, in some flavors, a little bit of virgin coconut oil.
They can be used for breakfast as a spread on toast, you can prepare dressings or use as a topping for your smoothie bowls or vegan cookies and cakes.
“A Spoonful of Buddha Butter a Day, keeps the Doctor Away”
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