All Kurma's previous blog got us talking about Nuts, our ultimate favourite munching partner. In this edition we will be delving into a little more detail on just how exactly they benefit our health and, above all, which are the healthiest.
Besides being packed with protein, most nuts contain at least some of these heart-healthy substances:
Pistachios are universally picked as the healthiest for a surprising reason. "Aside from being a great source of protein, fibre, and heart-healthy fats, they're also great for days you're feeling prone to stress eating. Shelling them gives your hands something to do, which can have a very soothing, calming effect on the mind and the appetite," said registered dieticians Jessica Cording and Carolyn Brown.
Cashews are loved for how rich they are in copper and magnesium. Copper plays a role for iron usage within the body. Magnesium helps regulate muscle and nerve function, along with blood sugar control in the body. They're also super versatile, and are able to be used as a cheese, cream sauce, milk and more, which gives them extra health points as they can be a delicious dairy alternative.
Almonds contain vitamin E, which assists in obtaining healthy and beautiful skin, improving immune function and protecting the body from oxidative damage. Almonds contain magnesium, calcium, folate and are high in monounsaturated fat, which reduces inflammation and lowers the risk of heart disease.
Walnuts were thought to be the best brain food because of their distinctively brain-like appearance, and the nutrition experts of yore may have been onto something. They contain essential omega-3 fatty acids in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which plays a role in brain function, and has been shown to protect against heart disease and help lower inflammation in the body.
Walnuts have a good amount of omega-3 fatty acids in them, which is very important to get into our diets, keeping the ratios with omega-6 in check.
Called "the unsung hero of the nut bowl", Brazil nuts are packed with selenium, a mineral that's been touted for its antioxidant properties. It's also important for reproductive health and thyroid function, making consumption of just one or two a day a supernatural selenium supplement.
Pecans are a nutrient power house, containing about 19 vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants. The monounsaturated fats in pecans may help improve your cholesterol profile. They also contain the highest phytochemical concentration of flavonoids of all tree nuts!
These buttery nuts are a little more indulgent than most as they are higher in caloric content. They are high in monounsaturated fat (omega-9 fatty acids) and are proven to improve cardiovascular health. They're also rich in vitamin A, iron, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and folate.
With that being said, it is not an overstatement to say we understand a little more differently just how wonderfully beneficial nuts are for our health, just by snacking right.
Keen to try some nuts? Head to our website and check out our selection of premium quality nuts. And remember to always eat fresh and stay well, only with All Kurma.