Friday, January 6, 2012


Researchers established in multiple studies over the years that people who eat nuts regularly have lower risks of heart disease.
Nuts are one of the best plant sources of protein. Not only are they are rich in fiber, but also in phytonutrients and antioxidants, such as Vitamin E and selenium. Furthermore, nuts are high in plant sterols and fat – but mainly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These fats are known for lowering unhealthy LDL cholesterol levels just as prescription drugs can.
Research also shows that – besides lowering cholesterol levels - nuts are able to boost eyesight and lower blood pressure. And even though nuts are high in fat and calories, they are able to help lose weight by filling us up with fiber, fat, and proteins.
Moreover, in 2003, the FDA approved the following health claim for 7 kinds of nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, some pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts):
"Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 oz per day of most nuts as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease."
The following are examples of nutritional benefits of some nuts (per ounce):
Cashews (155 cal, 12g fat, 5 g protein)
Cashews are a good source of magnesium, a mineral many people are deficient in, and which helps improve
blood-sugar sensitivity.
Almonds (167 cal, 15 g fat, 6 g protein)
Almonds can boost digestion by providing fuel for beneficial probiotic bacteria in the intestines. They also contain leucine, an amino acid
that helps build muscle, which makes almonds an ideal after-exercise snack.
Hazelnuts (176 cal, 17 g fat, 4 g protein)
Hazelnuts are high in fiber, which helps keep us feeling full. Also, they contain copper, which is a key mineral for producing red blood cells and maintaining healthy bones and nerves. The light-brown skin contains most of the antioxidants, thus it is better not to buy them blanched or peeled.

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And, last but not least: Nuts are very practical!
  • You can carry them along with you anywhere you go!
  • There is no need of special containers or boxes.
  • They have long shelf life. Unlike fruits and vegetables, nuts are don’t perish quickly!
  • You can enjoy them wherever & whenever you like! No worries about preparation!

1 comment:

  1. Could you post some references/sources for the claims you’ve made in this article?
    I don’t doubt the truth of what you write – much. As a botanist, I understand the biochemistry of a seed imbibing water as the beginning of germination and why/how the chemicals change. But I’ve seen this info about soaking seeds, and sprouting, promoted in many places and not seen much actual research cited to back up the claims.
    The best article I’ve found so far was written more for feeding companion parrots than humans but dealt with the nutritional values and benefits in human metabolism of the chemicals due to soak/sprout. The references cited were a few articles in a Food Science journal that I haven’t been able to get my hands on yet.
    Still searching. Thanks for any help.natural drugstore