Vitamins, mineral, fiber and good fats are all wonderful raw benefits of nuts. Add in their good protein and these are wonderful additions to the raw diet! Plus, I love their crunchy, munchy goodness!
There is nothing nutty about the healthy raw benefits of nuts! I hear people saying they are loaded with fat, so you shouldn't eat much, but hey, the fat that nuts have are the healthy plant-based fats! And they are big powerhouses of nutrition and energy! So read on- I will provide a little food for thought...
Studies show that healthy men, and those who have already suffered a heart attack, can reduce their risk by eating nuts regularly, reports the Harvard Men's Health Watch. WHY, you ask?
But, hey girls, what about us?
A Harvard study* found that women who eat at least 1/2 cup of nuts a week, were 35% less likely to have a heart attack than those that ate less than 1/8 cup a month. What a beautifully easy thing to add the health benefits of nuts to your diet to reduce the risk.
A few tidbits about the benefits of nuts:
Almonds-Almonds are delicately flavored, versatile and have been revered by many cultures. The Romans considered them a sign of fertility, happiness and romance. In Israel, it is still common practice to plant an almond tree as a memorial. They can compliment the flavors of almost any type of dish. They are considered the "king of nuts" because of their high nutritional value.
Brazil Nuts-These large, chunky, tasty nuts have a large amount of selenium in them, making them a complete protein source.
Pine Nuts- These delectable little nuts with the slightest smell of pine (oh my-takes me outside immediately) are high in the good healthy fats. They are most famous for using in pesto, however, I use them in so many different recipes!
Pistachios-These nuts are amazing as a snack. Dont buy the unshelled red pistachios, its just coloring!
Walnuts-These Highly esteemed nuts have the most delicious flavor and provide anti-inflammatory health benefits.
A wonderful place to purchase nuts is at The Raw Food World.com
Say what? You heard right! Soaking nuts releases their important
enzymes and their full nutritional value. The benefits of nuts are now increased even more! Soaking also improves their
digestibility. So here is how to do it:
Rinse the nuts, then
soak them at room temperature in purified water for 2-12 hours depending
on the type of nut. Rinse, and drain. They are now ready to eat, use in your raw recipe, or store in the refrigerator.
'There are so MANY ways to add in nuts, so let me touch on a few to get you on your way. Be creative and innovative. You will find that you will start adding them in a variety of ways. Adding the benefits of nuts is a healthy way to add more nutrition to your diet and life!
The healthy raw benefits of nuts make them a excellent raw addition to a healthy diet! Don't be afraid to consume nuts unless of course you are allergic to them. And remember, just a small amount is all you really need, so what I am sayin' is no eating the whole bag.
*2006 September Issue of Longevity
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