Although nuts and seeds have been around since biblical times, nuts are gaining more popularity among consumers again and that’s good news. Many people today are concerned about their health and are starting to take a harder look at their diet and what they eat in between meals. Nuts are a great snack food and are not only delicious, but nutritious.
Nuts are loaded with many healthful nutrients too including protein, vitamin E, magnesium, selenium and copper. They also contain Monounsaturated fats (MUFAS), which are the good fats that help your body function optimally. While fat has got a bad rap over the years, consumers are starting to realize that all fat is not bad for you. Strive for a handful or two of nuts to include more good fats in your diet.
Nuts have other benefits, as well. They are loaded with antioxidants, which help fight free radicals that can cause cell damage. Nuts also have anti-inflammatory properties, which help fight disease. In addition, nuts contain a significant amount of fiber that helps trigger satiety and makes you feel full and satisfied.
Some of the most commonly consumed nuts include:
- Macadamia Nuts
- Pine Nuts
- Brazil Nuts
Nuts make a great go to snack. They are not only easy to grab at home, but are convenient to grab when on the run, to work, sporting events, or traveling. They can be enjoyed alone, as a nut butter, in smoothies, or sprinkled on top of yogurt, Gelato, a favorite dessert and more.
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