Nuts might be high in fat, but that shouldn’t stop you from eating them! Apart from being known for their high-fat content, nuts are rich in minerals and nutrients, vitamin B, vitamin E, potassium, iron and antioxidants. Some might call them a super food… According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who consume five servings of nuts a week (considering one serving to be around a handful) have a significantly lower chance of inflammation which could lead to a disease. So let the countdown for these health and wellness super foods aka nuts begin.
Number 5: Cashews
Cashews are a great source of protein, unsaturated fatty acids and copper. These nuts can help in maintaining healthy skin while fighting heart diseases and supporting healthy brain functioning – an all-rounder nut after all. Cashews are also known to lower the risk of diabetes!
Lesser known fact: Cashews can help prevent migraines.
1 cashew contains approximately 8 calories.
Number 4: Hazelnuts
Hazelnuts are loaded with minerals and vitamins and are rich in monounsaturated fats. They are known to promote bone health as well as blood health. In fact, these are the healthiest nuts to reduce certain heart diseases. According to some research, eating hazelnuts daily can increase the good cholesterol ie HDL levels by 6%.
Lesser known fact: Hazelnuts contain anti-bacterial properties.
1 hazelnut contains approximately 9 calories.
Number 3: Pistachios
Pistachios are rich in vitamin B and potassium, they’re loaded with healthy fats and they’re known to get rid of free radicals. Some studies found that pistachios are known to better motor functions as well as reduce inflammation in the blood vessels hence improving their functionality. These super nuts are also a great energy booster – what’s a healthier pick me up?
Lesser known fact: Pistachios are known to maintain blood sugar levels for those who suffer from diabetes, by eating a handful of pistachios after a high carb meal.
1 pistachio contains approximately 4 calories.
Number 2: Almonds
Almonds are rich in vitamin E, minerals and mono-saturated fats. They also contain laetrile, which is known to have anti-cancer properties. Some studies indicate that consuming a handful of almonds every day can help reduce belly fat and decrease bad cholesterol levels. Almonds are also known to increase good cholesterol levels and prevent heart diseases.
Lesser known fact: Adding almonds to your daily diet can reduce the risk of breast cancer.
1 almond contains approximately 8 calories.
Number 1: Walnuts
Walnuts are a great source of protein, magnesium, manganese, vitamin E and copper. These nuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which is known to reduce the risk of heart disease and reduce inflammation. Walnuts are also known to reduce the risk of diabetes. And this super food is known for its ability to reduce stress and improve your mood!
Lesser known fact: Walnuts are known to prevent the growth of cancer cells.
1 walnut contains approximately 14 calories.
The next time you’re giving health tips, make sure you’ve got a list of nuts in there somewhere!