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Why We Should Be Nutty for Nuts

Nuts have had a roller-coaster of a time in the last few years.

They are in fashion one minute, then out the next.

As they are a high-fat food, health concious people commonly avoid them.

However, they are actually packed with good fats which are necessary for your metabolism and heart function.

Apparently a handful of nuts a day can rapidly reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes. They provide a balance of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats which help manage cholesterol and body weight.

They contain high levels of Plant Omega-3’s which have heart health properties and anti-aging benefits. They contain anti-oxidants such as Vitamin E, Selenium, Copper and Maganese.

They also contain Arginine which is an amino-acid that is great for blood vessel health. The protein and fibre in nuts helps to keep hunger at bay so is actually beneficial to weight management. They are a great snack as they have a low glycemic index and they reduce the rise in blood glucose levels making them beneficial to those with diabetes.

Nuts have a wide variety of vitamins and minerals that are so beneficial to our diets, we would be crazy to not include them into our diet every day.

Here are some simple ways to incorporate nuts into your diet:

1. Crumb fish or meat with them. Crush nuts up with some chopped herbs and natural sea salt and make into a rub by adding a little olive oil. Rub all over the protein and bake in oven.

2. Cover with dark chocolate for a decadent treat!

3. Toss whole or crushed nuts in salads.

4. Blend almonds into a smoothie.

5. Try almond meal as a substitute for breadcrumbs in fish patties.

6. Toss cashews into Asian stir-fries.

7. Crumble pecans or walnuts and sprinkle over yoghurt and fruit for dessert or breakfast.

8. Make dips with crushed nuts.

9. Add pine nuts to pasta sauces or a frittata.

10. Get a pure nut spread from your local health food store.

11. Carry unsalted raw nuts as a snack.

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