Top five nuts to try

Monday, 19 August 2013

Top nuts to tryWhen unsalted and raw, nuts are one of the most nutritional snacks out there. Filled with protein and healthy essential fatty acids, they’re good for your heart and your waistline.

Here, our top five healthy (and yummy) nuts to snack on:

Almonds
One of the nuts with the lowest calorie content, almonds are good for lowering blood cholesterol levels and can help reduce the risk of heart attack. They are the only nut that’s alkaline-forming (alkalinity helps prevent weight gain and osteoporosis).

Thanks to their phosphorous content, these super nuts help build strong bones and teeth. Plus, they’re filled with riboflavin and L-carnitine which enhances brain activity.

Cashews
Though cashew nuts are higher in calories than many other nuts, they are filled with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. They are rich in monounsaturated-fatty acids (the heart-friendly fats), which lowers bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol.

Minerals manganese, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium all have a presence in the cashew, and vitamins B5, B-1 and B-6 are also found.

Pistachios
Sometimes difficult to open, but oh-so-delicious, pistachio nuts are filled with protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals.

They contain iron, which helps form red blood cells and prevents fatigue, as well as vitamin E which is essential in preventing cell damage. They are particularly known for reducing cholesterol and aiding heart health.

Walnuts
Recent scientific studies suggest that walnuts have higher levels of antioxidants than any other nut. In fact, they’re thought to contain almost double the amount of antioxidants we see in their peers.

Plus, they’re filled with fibre and free of dairy and gluten! Seven walnuts per day is all it takes to ensure you reap all the health benefits of this nutritious snack.

Peanuts
The most popular nut of all, the peanut, is extremely rich in energy. They contain essential amino acids, which are needed for growth and development, as well as the antioxidant resveratrol, which can help reduce the risk of strokes.

They also contain B-complex vitamins, which help brain health and blood flow to the brain. They are an excellent and affordable source of antioxidants, protein and vitamin E.

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Anien studied English and journalism before heading off into the world of beauty. An undercover "tree hugger" and fashion lover, she's usually found with her nose in a magazine. She has far too many bottles of nail polish and is completely lost without her lip balm. Anien on Google+

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  1. Nothando Zwane

    hmmm i love cashews nd walnuts

    3 years ago •

  1. StephanieM

    Thank you for the information. I love Almonds.

    5 years ago •

  1. Livvy

    I’m so totally hooked on nuts, they’re all just the best snack.

    5 years ago •

  1. Cupcake

    I’ll definitely start including more nuts in my diet, they have so many benefits.

    5 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    I love snacking on almonds – it is just a pity that they are quite pricy. It’s better buying them in the large packets and just chucking it in a lunch box so that you can grab a handful every day as something to snack on.

    5 years ago •

  1. Carlene

    Interesting article, thank you! Not particularly mad about pistachios, but adore the rest!

    5 years ago •

  1. Sammy

    I love nuts, especially almonds and cashews.

    5 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    I love nuts, they are my favourite snack.

    5 years ago •

  1. ABeauty

    I love cashews, not so much peanuts. Interesting information with regards to the nuts

    5 years ago •

  1. lollyrae

    This is fantastic news as I love my nuts but have always felt guilty as I thought they were too fatty and bad for me. I can’t wait to eat away at my nuts!

    5 years ago •

  1. me

    I always have nuts in the house to snack on as well as having it raw with our oats.

    5 years ago •

  1. Jara

    Mhhhhhh I love cashew nuts, almonds and peanuts.

    5 years ago •

  1. Jara

    Mhhhhh I love nuts especially peanuts, walnuts, cashew nuts and almond…

    5 years ago •

  1. de Vos

    I’m a complete nut-aholic! I devour all the above except the peanut and feel great eating raw nuts!

    5 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    I love pistachios and cashews and walnuts! I love pretty much all the types of nuts except peanuts and almonds… but roasted almonds aren’t so bad.

    5 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    I love nuts, they are my favourite snack! Especially when I throw the smaller seeds on my oats in the morning

    5 years ago •

  1. AndreaM

    Almonds & cashews are my favourite. The limit is however just 25 nuts a day.

    5 years ago •

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