Something About Nuts
Nutritionists, doctors, and trainers all agree that nuts are one of the most important components of our everyday diets. Others, however, are skeptical. Most uninformed people think that nuts are high caloric and consist of only fats, but scientific facts clearly prove that our body needs nuts to function well. Nuts are healthy!
Nuts have a positive effect on blood cholesterol levels and thus help protect against coronary heart diseases, stroke, and heart attacks. Nuts also provide energy, which is why they are so valued by trainers and athletes around the world. An omelet with peanut butter is the most popular post-workout meal!
Nuts also help to build concentration and focus, which is why you should eat them before tests and exams. They also eliminate stress. All that power makes nuts perfect for people with both physical and mental strain.
What’s more, nuts contain fiber, which supports digestion and also protects the intestines from cancer. They are filled with vitamins, especially those from group B. They also contain calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, and magnesium.
Important: Each nut should be rinsed properly before eating to remove dirt and then soaked in drinking water for a few hours. Cashews are the exception. You do not need to soak cashews for more than an hour. Soaking allows you to draw and use 100% of their nutritional value during digestion and not just 40% as in the case of dry nuts.
Soaked nuts are easier to digest. Nuts contain enzyme inhibitors that slow down the germination process. These inhibitors increase the burden on the pancreas.
Now let’s look closely at the different types of nuts:
- Walnuts contain a lot of copper, which improves the thought processes. They also protect against bone calcification.
- Hazelnuts are full of Vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant that promotes both health and beauty. In addition, hazelnuts are also beneficial for the heart and the circulatory system.
- Cashews support the nervous system. They prevent atherosclerosis and protect against diabetes. They contain large amounts of zinc and iron. Important information for women: They help in caring for skin, nails, and hair and support their healthy appearance.
- Pistachios contain a lot of fiber, which makes them good if you eat them without unnecessary additives such as salt.
- Almonds are primarily protein, magnesium, phosphorus, and Vitamins B3 and E. All of this makes it ideal to protect us from stress. Also, they can be added to many sweet and dry dishes, for example, to meat or salads. Almonds have a positive effect on sperm quality and should definitely be included in men’s diets. (Read: The right diet for a man over thirty)
- Peanuts have the most protein of all nuts. They also contain a lot of Vitamins B3 and E and folic acid.
- Pecan nuts are primarily healthy fat and zinc.
- Macadamia reduces the risk of thrombosis and coronary heart disease.
- Pine nuts greatly help with a dry cough, and the zinc and magnesium in them have a beneficial effect on lowering cholesterol.
- Brazil nuts contain a lot of antioxidants that prevent cancer. They also contain a lot of selenium, which is extremely important in vegetarian and vegan diets. You should have just one nut per day.
- Coconut protects against atherosclerosis. Also, it can be used in many ways. Chips and coconut flakes are useful in the kitchen when preparing desserts and other sweets. Coconut water hydrates the body, and coconut milk is very popular not only in cooking but also in cosmetology.
You have a large selection of many types of nuts. Some are slightly sweeter, while others are bitter. Yes, they are caloric, but it’s healthy calories that will serve your body well and promote your well-being.
Prepare a mix of your favorite nuts, and keep it in your drawer at work – they will be perfect as an addition to a meal or as a dessert after a meal. Peanut butter is another option, but remember to choose a product without added sugar and salt. Also try nut milk such as coconut or almond milk (unsweetened). They are great alternatives to cow’s milk.