Nuts, nuts and nuts!
Walnuts, peanuts, almonds and pistachios! You must have heard so much about them and yes they are some pretty good stuff, well they are superfoods (we will leave that topic for another day)! We say put down the crisps and chips and slowly start replacing them with nuts. They are pretty good to munch on anyway.
Do disassociate the great almond nut from its artificial flavouring taste, it is actually quite pleasant tasting on its own without any other flavourings or additives. For health’s sake, unsalted ones would be best. Besides aiding in lowering cholesterol, it also contains Vitamin E, an anti-oxidant. One serving (7 almonds) has more calcium than any other nuts. Got some extra pounds you wanna shed? This buddy here helps too as it has the lowest fat content among other nuts.
Nowadays, pistachio flavoured gelato may be a largely popular treat, but hey, they do taste amazing but not so great for our arteries as a everyday snack! Pistachio nuts are high in fibre, potassium an important component to help maintain your fluid and electrolyte balance. It is also great for heart, eye, skin and even nervous system health.
Providing protein and other minerals like iron, zinc, magnesium (essential for healthy bones as well) and copper, which helps improving age related memory loss, lowering risks of weight gain. Cashews also have a lower fat content than other nuts, while possessing the monounsaturated fats and antioxidants to fend against heart diseases.
Chinese believe in eating whatever that looks like the organ will help with it, hence pig brain soup and all that grizzly stuffs. Walnuts do look like brains so does it really help? Yes! It contains omega-3 fats which supports brain health. Like almonds it contains anti oxidants, helps weight control, aids heart health and also cancer fighting properties.
Also a rich source of mono-unsaturated fats while providing dietary fibres, even though it might be one highest fat and calorie content among the nuts when it is what makes them good. Don’t be afraid of fat, we say! It too contains some traces of mineral like calcium, iron, copper, chromium and zinc.
However, another thing to note is that, do try to choose those that are dry roasted, preferably without oil and as little salt as possible. You can find these nuts in health, organic food stores or section in supermarkets. Let’s go nuts!