Health Tips - Nuts

 
Nuts

Questions and Answers About Nuts:

Question 1: Are roasted nuts a source of Trans fat?

Answer: Roasted nuts are not necessarily a source of Trans fat. The hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable oil that nuts are often roasted in introduces cholesterol-raising Trans Fat. Check the ingredients label and strictly avoid nuts roasted in oil. That said, raw nuts are healthier by far! See why here.

Question 2: Are nuts a source of mold?

Answer: Like most foods containing carbohydrates, if you do not refrigerate them, they do form mold. Read about food containers that reduce mold.

Minuses:

  1. People tend to happily eat lots of nuts which can be fattening when eaten in quantity.
  2. Nuts are a form of seeds. As such, they have chemical inhibitors that keep them from growing. These can make them harder to digest. Soaking raw nuts in water overnight removes these enzyme inhibitors and improves their digestion.

Pluses:

  1. Several studies have found that eating small amounts of nuts helps dieters lose weight. Dieters who eat nuts tend to stick to their diets because the fat and fiber content are filling.
  2. Nuts are very high in dietary fiber and are one of the best plant sources of protein.
  3. Nuts can reduce your risk of both diabetes and heart disease, according to the ongoing Harvard Nurses’ Health Study of more than 80,000 women. One study found that people who eat nuts live two to three years longer than those who do not.

Suggestions:

  1. A handful of nuts is about 1 ounce, which contains an average of 180 calories. Eat raw nuts instead of other sources of calories such as cakes, cookies, or chips.
  2. Sprinkle raw nuts over your vegetables, salad, yogurt, cereal, pancakes, protein dish, or dessert! Eat an ounce a day and vary the kind of nuts you choose!

Read all my nutrition tips to find out how easy it is to keep yourself healthy, and how to get healthier faster.

Enjoy!

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