Nuts – A wholesome healthy snack
Date: November 26, 2018
Time: 13:00 pm
Looking for a savoury snack that’s filling yet bursting with healthy nutrients? Look no further than nuts! Intake of 1–2 ounces of unsalted nuts every day is enough to deliver the required daily nutrient contained in nuts. Here are a few other quick facts about nuts:
- Almonds and pecans contain tryptophan - an amino acid that stimulates the production of the 'feel good' hormone serotonin in your brain, which can help ward off depression and promote a more relaxed state.
- Peanuts are an excellent source of B vitamins, including folate, riboflavin and niacin; all of which are essential for healthy metabolism and growth.
- Peanuts and walnuts have important benefits for your heart because of the omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids they contain. Both omega 3 and omega 6 are also needed for maintaining healthy joints and brain function.
- Cashew nuts are known for their high iron content, which is needed to make haemoglobin - the red pigment in the blood.
- Hazelnuts are one of the richest sources of the antioxidant vitamin E. Vitamin E may help stop the development of plaques in your arteries. Plaque development in your arteries can lead to chest pain, coronary artery disease or a heart attack.
- Pistachios have high iron, protein, fibre content and high levels of magnesium, which helps to control blood pressure.
- Nuts also have anti-inflammatory effects that may help to prevent insulin resistance.