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Nuts and Seeds


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Lord, Make It Rain Beans, Nuts, Seeds and Grain

Yes a diet rich in beans, nuts, seeds and grains play such a major role in protecting your body from illness and disease. They make you feel good too!

Nuts are a great source of natural vitaminsproteinfibre and antioxidants, and a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. They are heart healthy particularly as part of your weight loss and cholesterol management.

Nuts are wholesome and wonderfully delicious and are great on-the-go! You may have heard this category of food referred to as legumes so let’s distinguish.

Legumes

Healthy diet plan, beans, nuts, seeds grains

Legumes belong to the single plant family called Leguminosae. They are edible seeds enclosed in pods. The seed pods split on two sides when they’re ripe.

Beanslentilssoybean and peas are all legumes. As a group they provide the best source of concentrated protein in the plant kingdom.

But did you know that a peanut is not actually a nut but a legume? Because of its physical structure and nutritious benefit it is often mis-understood and taken in by a family of nuts it doesn’t actually belong to!

And nuts are not always what they seem!

Yes, another interesting fact that you may not know about this food group is that Brazil NutsCashewsPine Nuts and Pistachios are technically seeds! Another mis-understanding? Perhaps nut. 🙂 sorry couldn’t resist that one!

For the sake of cashew classification, and the poor misunderstood peanut let’s call them all nuts! After all, it’s how we use them in our diet and cuisine that really counts.

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Nuts and Seeds

Most nuts and seeds are high in fat but it’s the good unsaturated fat, that makes them a good choice for a healthy snack. Don’t over-do it though, their fat content represents 75 to 95 per cent of total calories. Think portion control when indulging in nuts to enjoy them as a healthy part of your diet. Nuts and Seeds are high in protein and are super healthy for your heart.

Studies at Loma Linda University in California found that eating 2 ounces of nuts five times per day lowered blood cholesterol levels by 12%. The monounsaturated fat found in nuts may be the key to better health particularly when you replace them with saturated fat. Macadamia is the gourmet of nuts and contains the highest fat content.

Healthy diet plan, beans, nuts, seeds grains

Other nuts are not complete protein because they are missing the amino acid lysine with the exception of peanuts making them the most complete protein among all the nuts. However adding grains will easily compliment and make up the missing link.

 

 

Nuts and Seeds

Peanuts are also rich in antioxidant polyphenols similar to those found in berries. Polyphenols play a role in cell protection and their potency is actually increased during the roasting process making roasted peanuts a superb choice for cell membrane integrity.

 

Brazil is best, right along with Walnuts.

Brazil nuts

Both are rich in omega-3 fatty acid but what is best about Brazil is they are super high in Selenium, about 2500 times the amount in other nuts.

Selenium is a powerful antioxidant which has been found to scavenge free radicals from the body thus protecting against heart disease and cancer.

Selenium is also linked to boosting the immune system and slowing the ageing process, all adding to a better state of health. Beware though! Too much can lead to toxicity. So be careful of how much of these nuts you consume.

They contain between 70 to 90 mcg of selenium per nut. The upper limit (UL) set by the National Academy of Sciences for selenium is 400 mcg per day for adults. One or two brazil nuts daily therefore will easily secure your selenium intakes which you will also get from other food sources.

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Seeds contain a significant amount of Vitamin E. As an antioxidant Vitamin E can help prevent oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol which can damage arteries. Seeds are also a good source of folic acid which prevents the build- up of homocysteine. High levels of this amino acid can lead to heart disease, dementia and broken bones in osteoporosis conditions.

Seeds are among the better plant sources of iron and zincIron is important for red blood formation and the transportation of oxygen to your muscle and brain. Zinc is an immune system booster.

Sunfood Yacon SyrupChia seeds are quite possibly the healthiest in the seed family.  Grown natively in South America from the plant Salvia Hispanica they have become  top of the list for trendy food on the health conscious grocery list.

Even though they are grown from a tiny black seed,  they can deliver a powerful punch when it comes to your nutrition! They contain a very good amount of calcium, magnesium and Omega-3 essential fatty acids and are high in fibre.

It’s no wonder they were so cherished by the Aztecs and Mayans who cultivated them in ancient times for their regular fix of superfood!

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Both nuts and seeds are great sources of niacin.Nuts are a natural storehouse for minerals such as manganese,potassiumcalciumironmanganesezincfluorideselenium and boron. And let’s not leave out the nut nutrition found in many of the B-complex group of vitamins which contribute to optimum health.

So in summary… Seeds are Super Nuts are a must!

And a well-balanced diet including a portion controlled selection of nuts and seeds is guaranteed to enrich and enhance your sense of well-being.

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