I hope you all are having a great week! I wanted to share with you guys this week an article that I found from Dr Mercola’s website about the health benefits of eating raw nuts. Raw nuts are an underrated snack that not only fills you up, but actually has some really cool nutritional benefits that come along with eating them. I was emphasize how important it is when buying these yummy snacks from the store, to make sure they are RAW. Roasted, salted, and other form is going to have added ingredients and different processes that really take away from these benefits. So next time you are at the store grab a bag and try a new snack! I will leave you with some cool facts I found from the article and the link to read more. Enjoy!
Eat More Nuts and Sooner Too
“Research has confirmed that weight loss is one of the health benefits of regular nut consumption. Compared to people who avoid nuts, those who eat nuts on a regular basis also tend to have:”
Lower systolic blood pressure Fewer risk factors for metabolic syndrome2 and a lower risk for diabetes Better cardiovascular health Reduced mortality risk Greater longevity
“One reason nuts are so beneficial is that many — including walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, Brazil nuts, and almonds — contain the amino acid l-arginine, which offers multiple vascular benefits to people with heart disease, or those who have increased risk for heart disease due to multiple cardiac risk factors.”
“While boasting many health benefits, including weight loss and blood sugar stabilization, almonds are actually toward the bottom of my “top nut” list due to their elevated carb and protein content. Every four almonds can add up to 1 gram of protein.”
“Additionally, they are relatively high in omega-6 fats, which most of us eat in excess. Although ¾ of the fat in almonds is monounsaturated, one-fourth is pure omega-6 fats with virtually no omega 3 fat.”
“My favorite nuts are macadamia and pecans, as they provide the highest amount of healthy fat while being on the lower end in terms of carbs and protein. Raw macadamia nuts also contain high amounts of vitamin B1, magnesium, and manganese. Just one serving of macadamia nuts net 58 percent of what you need in manganese and 23 percent of the recommended daily value of thiamin.”