Health Benefits of Seeds, Nuts & Grains
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3rd May 2013, 03:42 PM #11
Re: Health Benefits of Seeds, Nuts & Grains
Pistachios are rich in potassium, phosphorus and magnesium - and a tasty addition to breads and muffins.
Pistachios are rich in potassium (helps regulate the body's fluid balance), phosphorus (helps build bones and teeth) and magnesium (important element in the conversion of the body's energy), and are also a good source of vitamin B6 (aids protein metabolism and absorption) and thiamine (enhances energy and promotes normal appetite).
Pistachio nuts have a high monounsaturated fat and protein content. Don't eat more than 30 nuts (18 g) more than four times a week.To reduce the sodium and fat content of your diet, avoid salted, oil-roasted pistachio nuts.
3rd May 2013, 03:44 PM #12
Re: Health Benefits of Seeds, Nuts & GrainsHazelnutsLike other varieties of nuts, hazelnuts contain phytochemicals, which protect against chronic disease.
Hazelnuts are rich in vitamin E (helps form red blood cells, muscles and other tissues) and are a useful source of thiamine (enhances energy and promotes normal appetite) and vitamin B6 (aids protein metabolism and absorption).
To reduce sodium and added fats in the diet, avoid salted, oil-roasted hazelnuts. Rather choose the plain variety and roast them on a baking tray without any added oil for a few minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.
Add the nuts to a green salad for a bit of variety or add them to low-fat oatmeal cookies.
3rd May 2013, 03:45 PM #13
Re: Health Benefits of Seeds, Nuts & GrainsCashew NutsCashew nuts are rich in carbohydrates and vitamin A. Carbohydrates are a source of easily accessible energy, which also benefits our body’s muscle tissue, because a higher level of carbohydrates prevents the body from burning muscle tissue in search of more energy.
Vitamin A helps decrease the pace at which skin ages; fights skin disorders and is known to possibly improve our sight. These nuts also contain monounsaturated fats which may help to protect the heart and are an excellent source of dietary fibre.
Cashew nuts are regularly included in casseroles, salads and are often found in biscuits and other delicacies.
3rd May 2013, 03:46 PM #14
Re: Health Benefits of Seeds, Nuts & GrainsPeanutsPeanuts contain the phytochemical resveratrol, which has been linked to a significant decrease in heart disease. Peanuts have anti-cancer effects and can also lower cholesterol levels if they are eaten in place of other high-fat foods.
Fresh peanuts that have just been de-shelled are richest in vitamin E, folate levels and resveratrol. Peanuts are best eaten fresh, as old or mouldy peanuts can contain aflatoxin that has been linked to cancer of the liver.
Peanuts are very high in calories and should be eaten in place of other high-fat foods, not in addition to them. Eating more than a tablespoon of nuts five times a week, could lead to weight gain.
3rd May 2013, 03:47 PM #15
Re: Health Benefits of Seeds, Nuts & GrainsWalnutsWalnuts, like pecan nuts, are a source of the phytochemical, ellagic acid. They can lower cholesterol levels if eaten correctly. Walnuts help protect against heart disease and are a good source of omega 3 fatty acids.
Walnuts should be eaten fresh, as they can go rancid fairly quickly. They are best eaten fresh from the shell, or alternatively relatively soon after purchase.
Walnuts are high in calories and over consumption of these could lead to weight gain. Like other nuts, five tablespoons per week can be eaten in the place of other high-fat foods.
3rd May 2013, 03:49 PM #16