Gone Nuts? No, I don't mean in an 'off your rocker' sense, I mean the food which you might want to consider eating if you don't already. There is so much goodness in the different types of nuts which are available to us so here is a quick insight into some of the most popular ones we should be eating on a regular basis.
Nuts, Nuts, Nuts
Did you know that nuts are a healthy source of both polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, but what does this mean exactly? Unsaturated fats are considered healthy, good choices because they contain at least one double bond in the fatty acid chain. This is good because they will contain fewer calories when compared to saturated fats. They are also good for your health and help keep your cholesterol levels low which in turn will help lower blood pressure.
A Healthy Food Source
Did you also know that nuts fall into the food group 'Fats' which are very good for you whether you are looking to lose weight or maintain great shape. Eating nuts with your meals or as a snack can help you feel fuller for longer because they are a denser source of calories for your bodies to break down. They are also good for your skin, hair and brain function since they are packed full of goodness which your body requires.
Let's break down a few of my favourites and see why they are so good for us...
Almonds - An excellent source of Vitamin E and are very rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals which have numerous health benefits for your body. They are also an incredible source of iron, zinc and magnesium which is also required by the body for optimal performance in and out of the gym.
Walnuts - These beauties help cure bad breath, reduce inflammation around joints and heal wounds quicker. They can be added to salads, lunches and be used as a great snack.
Brazil Nuts - Brazil nuts although bigger than most other nuts do contain more calories but they are still a great source to have in your diet. They contain a good amount of vitamins, anti oxidants and minerals which your body needs. More importantly just one or two brazil nuts per day contains enough selenium which helps prevent cancers and other diseases in the body.
Cashews - These nuts contain over 80 nutrients with no cholesterol in it and has the likes of potassium, magnesium, copper, and vitamins inside which is great for your health and well being.
How Much Should You Be Eating?
How many nuts should you be eating on a daily basis is a question you might find yourself asking often and if you aren't sure here is an easy explanation. Always opt for a palmful of nuts if you are eating them as a snack or with a main meal to prevent over eating of them. Always try and opt for unsalted and un roasted nuts, the more natural they are the better they are going to be for you.
So, the next time a work colleague or friend tells you you have gone nuts, just smile, as you know this is a good thing ;)