Sunday, 22 March 2015

10 NUTRITION FACTS ABOUT NUTS

Hey, did you know that nuts are natural anti-depressants? That’s right, if you ever feel down, just try a nut diet but not today, because today you will learn 10 awesome things about your favorite crunchy snacks, that will not only keep you healthy but will actually make you feel better

Filbert has been around since the most ancient times of humanity. Our ancestors made powerful charms from it that were said to ward off evil spirits and natural disasters. Filberts contain high amounts of vitamins A and E, which improves brain activity. So, basically it a spirit-destroying barrier, it makes you smarter and it’s crunchy!

Cashew nuts are commonly seen in Indian and oriental cuisine, mostly used for first and second courses, sauces, appetizers and desserts. These nuts have unique healing properties which can help you soothe a nasty toothache, improve cardiac function and overall strengthen your immune system. All it takes is about 20 cashew nuts a day to get your daily dose of iron. Raw cashew nuts have no distinctive taste unless you fry them for a while.

Pistachio nuts are often referred to as “grinning nuts” or “smiling nuts” but despite the cute nickname, low calorie count, all the minerals and vitamins that they contain, you must not overdose on them because a daily dose of pistachios for an adult is only 15 nuts. Pistachio nuts are also good for treating digestion problems, respiratory illnesses, anemia and it’s one of the foods that can increase sex drive.

Almond nuts are rich in dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, selenium, and packed with numerous health promoting phyto-chemicals. These nuts compose of well-balanced food principles that are essential for optimum health and wellness. In fact, doctors recommend eating 60 grams of almonds for people with heart diseases, making these nuts the cheapest stroke-preventing remedy.

Scientists at University of Scranton, Pennsylvania had recently discovered that walnuts have highest levels of popyphenolic antioxidants than any other common edible nuts. Eating as few as six to seven walnuts a day could help scavenge almost all the disease causing free radicals from the human body. These amazing nuts help lower blood pressure, cut down coronary artery disease, and stroke risk, and offer protection from breast, colon and prostate cancers.

The only reason NOT to eat cedar nuts is if you gain weight fast, otherwise it’s the healthiest nut snack you will find on the market. With all the vitamins, micro- and macro-elements, low fiber content and high fat content cedar nuts are especially useful for children and older people. Cedar nuts were also widely used in Russian folk medicine for treating rheumatoid arthritis, abscesses, diathesis, eczema, pyodermatosis and other skin diseases

Brazil nuts are considered by many to be the most delicious of all nuts. It’s used in salads, sweet desserts or simply as snacks. With only two-three nuts a day you will get your daily dose of selenium, which keeps your skin from aging, by the way. So, if you want to have beautiful, smooth skin, stay energetic and lessen the risk of getting a heart disease or cancer – Brazil nuts should be a part of your daily meal.

Technically the coconut fruit is a drupe not a nut. Typical drupes include peaches, plums, and cherries. Coconut water can be a substitute for blood plasma. They’re loaded with naturally sterile electrolytes, which feed your pH and muscle function. They have a high fiber content, which makes you feel full longer and helps regulate elimination. Coconut milk has a rejuvenating effect and they also offer high levels of manganese, potassium, and phosphorus. What’s not to like?

Eating peanuts reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and does so without promoting weight gain. Peanuts also improve your eyesight, hearing and memory. Peanuts are high in fungus and, often, pesticides and can cause an allergic reaction. Did you know? George Washington Carver was largely responsible for popularizing the peanut as a food in America. Peanuts are used not only as food, but also as raw material for producing plastic, yarn and even glue.

Starshy, sweet, rich in flavor, chestnuts are popular cool-season edible nuts of the northern hemisphere. They are native to hilly forests of China, Japan, Europe, and North America. Chestnuts, unlike other nuts and seeds, are relatively low in calories; contain less fat but are rich in minerals, vitamins and phyto-nutrients that benefit health. The nuts are an excellent source of minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc, besides providing a very good amount of potassium. Chestnuts, like hazelnuts and almonds, etc., are free in gluten. And for the same reason, they are one of the popular ingredients in the preparation of gluten-free food formulas for gluten-sensitive, wheat allergy, and celiac disease patients. Enjoy them raw, boiled or roasted!

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