Nuts are the perfect snack food, but only eaten in moderation.
They contain so many health benefits that help prevent diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Most people think that a peanut is a nut but it’s actually a legume, the same as a bean or kidney bean. These are edible seeds that that grow in pods underground. Another one is a soy nut which isn’t a nut but a dried and roasted soya bean and also belongs to the legume family.
Here are my 5 best nuts that contain many health benefits.
Almonds are full of fibre, essential fatty acids and proteins, they help lower blood pressure and keep your heart healthy, they are also great for reducing inflammation in the body, making them perfect if you have a skin disorder such as acne or eczema. A quarter cup of almonds contains almost the same amount of calcium as a quarter cup of milk.
Cashews contain iron, magnesium and copper. The copper helps the body to fight off any infections, the iron helps maintain your red blood cells, hair and skin and the magnesium helps with the formation of protein and giving your body energy. Great for your early morning bootcamp.
Pistachios belong to the cashew family. They can help with keeping your cholesterol low and are very high monounsaturated fats which can help with keeping your heart healthy. They also contain antioxidants which are essential for a healthy mind and body. A one ounce serving of pistachios contains 10% of your everyday requirements of dietary fibre, vitamin B, magnesium and copper, they also help to strengthen your immune system.
Brazil nuts contain lots of protein, magnesium, fibre, copper and vitamin E. They also contain selenium which helps reduce the risk of breast cancer and helps your body fight off free radicals which can damage your body’s cells. The magnesium is great for giving your body that extra energy.
Walnuts are full of omega-3 fats, which will leave your skin looking bright and clear. The antioxidants that walnuts contain can help with type 2 diabetes and prevent some cancers. If your body is lacking in fatty acids then this may lead to depression. A quarter of a cup contains 95% of your daily omega – 3 requirements. They also contain vitamin B which is great for boosting your mood and stress management.
Don’t go mad with the nuts as they do contain high calories, pick one or two types of nuts and have a quarter of a cup of each a day.