Nuts help us to stay healthy by building important hormones that we need, and they provide long-lasting energy, and best of all they contribute to the formation of our brain and nervous system, by creating cell membranes. Some of the healthiest nuts that you can consume are: Almonds, Pecans, Walnuts, Hazelnuts.
Nuts are one of the best plant sources of protein. They are rich in fiber, phytonutrients and antioxidants such as Vitamin E and selenium. Nuts are also high in plant sterols and fat, but mostly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (Omega 3, the good fats) which have all been shown to lower LDL cholesterol. The best approach is to reap the health benefits of eating nuts but not add excessive calories to your daily intake. (Just as with everything else…moderation is key) So instead of simply adding nuts to your diet, eat them in replacement of foods that are high in processed carbohydrates and limit your intake of these tasty treats to 1 – 2 oz per day. Pistachios are seeds. Pine nuts are also seeds, and yes Cashews are seeds as well. Peanuts are the seeds of a legume – so replace your peanut butter with some tasty Raw Almond Butter – Yumm!