Why You Should Go Nuts for Nuts

 

Are you one of those people who’s going nuts, trying to lose weight? Are you feeling tired and can’t think properly without knowing why? Do you wish to increase your willpower?

Here is why you should go nuts for nuts: Start eating nuts regularly and you are going to feel fitter and it will help you to gain willpower and strengthen your nerves. The list of health benefits of eating nuts is long. Furthermore they help to protect us for heart attacks, stroke and diabetes. Nuts have also been proven to protect against several forms of cancer. They promote overall well-being and longevity.  So you see Nuts are tiny power packs which on no account may be neglected.

  

 

Nuts in a Nutshell

Nuts aren’t always nuts even if they look like nuts.

Did you know that peanuts actually are legumes and belong to the same plant family like beans and peas. Peanuts grow underground, as opposed to nuts like almonds, walnuts, pistachios and cashews which grow on trees and they all belong to the stone fruits. Have you noticed that almonds are looking very much like the stone of an apricot? Yes, almonds are close relative to apricots.

 

 

Why are Nuts healthy

Protein

Nuts contain high-quality protein and it is recommended to replace animal proteins, in particular red meat, with vegetables and nuts. A US scientific study have concluded that the consumption of nuts instead of red meat and eggs reduces inflammatory processes in our bodies significantly. If you don’t want to give up on eating red meat it is highly recommended to add nuts to your daily diet. You will still benefit from the anti-inflammatory effect and be able to reduce the risk of getting heart coronary diseases, though to a lesser extent than by a complete abstinence from red meat. A healthier alternative to red meat is fish and chicken.

Another study made by a norwegian-british team of scientists in 2016 provided evidence that a daily consumption of 20 g’s of nuts reduces the risk of coronary heart diseases, cancer, diabetes and infections.

The American Heart Association officially recommend nuts as part of a healthy diet.

 

Fat

Many people avoid eating nuts because of their high fat content. Yes, nuts have got a high fat content but it is high-quality fat, which is essential for a good functioning body and brain. It is known that fat, especially fats like saturated fats and trans fats, combined with a nutrient with a high carbohydrate content is very unhealthy for our body. An example for this is a chocolate bar or cookies. But the carbohydrate content of nuts is extremely low. They also contain fibers, secondary plant substances, vitamins and minerals. All this makes nuts to be an ultimative energy source and they give us a feeling of being pleasantly satisfied for much longer.

So when not eating in excess, we won’t put on weight. I’m a proof of that, because since I started to eat nuts regularly and that means more than one or two handfull of nuts per day, I haven’t put on weigth, it has rather helped me to lose weight and maintain my weight.

 

Brain food

All nuts contain Choline and Lecithine, building blocks for messenger substances, which are essential for the brains nervous system functions. This means that nuts help to increase the efficiency of the brain.

Cashews, Peanuts and Almonds have got the highest Choline content of all of the nuts.

Walnuts are stated as the number one brain food among the nuts. Not only that it has the appereance like that of a brain, walnuts contain among other healthy substances, a very high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids, which increase the activity of the brain.

 

 

Sweet Almonds

Origin: The subtropical China and the Middle East

Special aspect:  It is important to chew them thoroughly to make the good effects unfold

Particular Benefits:

  • Lower the cholesterol content
  • Protects against heart coronary diseases
  • Protects against cell ageing
  • Cancer-preventing effect

Attention:
There are another sort of almonds called «Bitter Almond» which contains hydrocyanic acid. Their apperance hardly differs from the Sweet Almond. Therefore it is very important to check that you really buy Sweet Almonds. Finely ground Bitter Almonds are mostly used as an aroma for cakes or cookies. It is extremely dangerous, especially for children, to eat many Almonds at a time.This can lead to a fatal end.

 

 

Brazil nuts

Origin: Amazon, South America

Particular Benefits:

  • Strengthen your brain nervous system
  • Protects against infections
  • Protects against heart diseases

Attention:
The Brazil Nut trees often grow on ground containing radium, therefore it is not recommended for children and pregnant women to eat these. Nevertheless the Brazil nuts contain many healthy minerals and vitamins.

 

 

Cashews

Origin: Brazil

Special aspects: Related to Pistachios and to the Mango fruit

Particular Benefits:

  • Strengthens the nervous system
  • Strengthens the brain achievement
  • Strengthens the immune system

 

 

Hazelnuts

Origin: The Black Sea Coast in Turkey – Today the hazelnut tree  grows all over the world.

Special aspect: It is important to chew them thoroughly to make the good effects unfold

Particular Benefits:

  • Good effects on stomach, gut and bone marrow
  • Good for the skin, the mucous membranes and the eyes as the Hazelnut contains a lot of Vitamin A
  • Strengthens the brain achievement

 

 

Macadamia nuts

Origin: Australia

Special aspect: Also named “Queensland Nut”

Particular Benefits:

  • Supports the skin regeneration
  • Supports digestion
  • Lower the cholesterol Level

 

 

Pecans

Origin: Missouri River, USA

Special aspect:

  • The word Peccan means «hard to crack” in the language of the indians
  • Closely related to walnuts

Particular Benefits:

  • Lower the risk of heart attack
  • Good for the eyes and the mucous membranes

 

 

Peanuts

Origin: South America

Special aspect:

  • Belongs to the legumes
  • Grow on small bushes and ripens in the earth

Particular Benefits:

  • Lower the cholesterol level
  • Lower the risk of heart attack
  • Strengthens the nervous system

 

 

Pistachios

Origin: Asia

Particular Benefits:

  • Helps to remove problems with the skin
  • Strengthens bones and teeth

 

 

Walnuts 

Origin: Himalaya

Special aspect: Is called Fruit from the Royal Tree
                                   Since ancient times it it is said that the walnut tree carries supernatural wisdom within itself, which it passes on to the human beings, by eating ist fruit. 

Particular Benefits:

  • Activates nerves and strengthens concentration
  • Protects against heart coronary diseases
  • Strengthens skin and hair

 

 

Tips and Tricks

Nuts are most healthy to eat, but I must emphasize to eat them unsweetened and unsalted. Sweetened nuts contain unhealthy and unnecessary extra calories and too much salt, both of which increase the blood pressure.  Salt and sugar also makes us want to eat more nuts than we actually wanted. Processed food in general contains chemical substances, which are not healthy for our brain and body.

 

Old nuts are not to be taken lightly! Nuts which are discoloured, have a musty smell or a bitter taste must NOT be eaten. These are most probably infested with the mycotoxin Aflatoxin. This mycotoxin are one of the most dangerous causes of cancer. A difficulty is, that the mycotoxins are mostly not visible to the naked eye. Therefore, if a nut  smells or tastes bad you must immediately throw it away.

 

When you have opened a bag of fresh nuts, (or the nuts you have roasted) I recommend you to put them in an airtight box. It will help to preserve them for a bit longer.

Did you know you can freeze the nuts. I always buy a real lot of nuts when there is a promotion price and then I put them in the freezer. In this way you save money and you always have your nut supply secured.

 

 

Conclusion

These tiny power packs helps us to :

feel fit and alert

think better

protect us from most dieases

prolong our lives

 Now you know why You should go Nuts for Nuts.

 

Haven’t you waited long enough to start getting fitter and feel awake throughout the whole day?
Haven’t you worried enough about getting ill? Don’t you want to live a long and healthy life?

It is time to get started Now. 

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Please, feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions or if you’d like to share your experiences.

10 thoughts on “Why You Should Go Nuts for Nuts

  1. Taetske says:

    Good afternoon Pernilla,

    You are absolutely right, it is highly recommendable to go nuts for nuts. I go nuts, I mean I eat nuts every day, it is part of my diet. Walnuts and unpeeled almonds. Then also a few Macadamia nuts for the Omega 7.

    Personally, I am not so fond of peanuts, they are not nuts anyhow. The walnut as you rightly stated looks like a brain and are good for our brain. The funny thing in nature is that you often find things which somehow in shape represent the organ for which it is good.

    You are right in warning your reader to buy unsweetened and unsalted nuts, the more natural the better. That is a very good tip to freeze it when there is a promotion, I did not know this.
    Where I live there has never been a shortage and the old walnut tree and younger almond tree give a decent harvest but it does not cover the whole year. I was lucky to always find a fresh supply in my shop.

    Regards, Taetske

    • Pernilla says:

      Hello Taetske,

      How very nice to read your going-nuts-story! I’m so happy to hear that you eat nuts every day too. It is really a good tasting snack and you can use it in so many different dishes. 

      Yes, the more natural the better and that applies to all sorts of food, of course. There is too much processed food nowadays. Therefore I’m also happy to have my own garden where I can grow my own vegetables and fruit. We even have an almond tree and a hazelnut bush. 

      The list of benefits eating nuts is very long, we get beautiful skin, strong arteries, healthy hair, strong muscles and keep our brain fit and young. So let’s keep going nuts!!

      If you have any questions regarding healthy living, please leave me a message. I’ll be happy to be of help. 

      Wish you a happy & healthy life!

      Pernilla

  2. Chris says:

    When I first got into my serious bout of weight loss (about 8 years ago – when I was 34!) I used nuts quite successfully with running distance to slim down. It was a bit of a shock for me because I’d always been slim…I needed to get back to that quick-time!
    What are your views on organic peanut butter for handling hunger pangs?

    • Pernilla says:

      Hello Chris!

      Thank you for telling about your experience about losing weight with help of exercises and nuts. Nuts are a high nutrient food, with loads of protein, vitamins and minerals. Nuts give you power and help you not to lose muscles while you are slimming down. A perfect combination with exercises. 

      You’ve asked a well-justified question! Peanut butter is in general a healthy food due to its high nutrient content. Healthy peanutbutter is made of only peanuts and contains no salt, sugar or oils.  Organic peanutbutter is even healthier as it is neither grown with pesticides nor fungicides. So when you choose organic peanutbutter you lower your exposure to pesticide residues. Nevertheless I would not eat much more than a small spoon every second day if you want to maintain your weight. Peanutbutter combined with bread (carbohydrates) boosts the weight gain. 

      I hope I could help you and if you have any further questions, I’d be more than glad to answer them. 

      Wish you a happy & healthy life!

      Pernilla

  3. Taetske Guillaume says:

    Good Morning Pernilla,

    Thank you for answering my comment.
    When I stopped working in 1986 I really started working hard on my old Spanish farm. I have always loved designing and now I had time to also build smaller things myself, like bookshelves, 2 fishponds, flowerbeds and a pergola for my Mother with 12 pillars of two and a half meter high.
    I also changed the way I was eating while I was reading about the health benefits of foods. I did not have a computer yet so it was mainly from books I found out about things.
    I went through different phases, from butter to extra virgin olive oil, from white bread to full grain bread and then Gluten free. Replacing things with Soja but left that and now eat Greek yogurt and Kefir.
    The end result of this quest is that I eat the eggs of my happy chickens, nuts, and seeds, lots of vegetables and fruits, and also different types of seeds.
    Nobody denies me my glass of red wine and my 85% chocolate.
    Some days ago we went to Marbella to a clinic where they do stem cell treatments. We gave a drop of blood and in 1 week we will get the result. It is put under the microscope and at 60.000 enlargement illnesses which are not evident can be detected a long time in advance.
    I am convinced that the food we eat plays an important role in our health. Food is something we decide. Air and water, the total environment, to not forget radiation are more difficult for us to have an influence on.

    Regards, Taetske

    • Good afternoon Taetske!

      I’m very happy to greet you again at Easy Steps for Healthy Living. It’s my pleasure answering your comments.

      It is so interesting to read your Healthy-Living-Story. We both have changed our way of living by having read books about health and nutrition. Knowledge is a powerful motivator. Me too have gone through different phases learning to use new ingredients. I also used butter when frying food, then I changed to olive oil. Nowadays I use coconut oil for frying food and I use extra virgine olive oil in salads. I don’t use any other oils any more.

      Red wine and dark chocolate, both contains Polyphenols, which has got antioxidative effects and binds free radicals. Polyphenols helps to reduce the ageing process. So in very small portions red wine and dark chocolate, now and then, shouldn’t harm our body.

      Yes, it is amazing how the technology makes progress. Stem cell treatments are getting more and more common. I’m looking forward to the future development within the health field. Nevertheless, like you mentioned, the best we can do for our body and brain is to eat healthy food, sleep and relax enough and do exercises regularly.

      Taetske, you live a very healthy life – you are a role model! Thanks again for this interesting discussion.

      Enjoy your lovely farm, happy & healthy!
      Pernilla

  4. Frank Turner says:

    This is an excellent review of the benefit of various kinds of nuts that we can and should add to our diets. You have provided us with many good points and also information about specific nuts. Also, you have let us know how we can save a little money purchasing then and some ways to store them for longer life.

    I know that anyone else reading this article will be better informed and better educated. Excellent article, I look forward to reading much more or what you are writing here.

    Frank

    • Hello Frank,

      I’m very delighted to hear that you found my post informative and useful. It’s my hearts desire and aim to share my knowledge, give people helpful advices and support you and other readers on the way to a healthier life. Tiny habit changes can make a great impact on your future life. For the moment it may not seem much, but in the long end, by adding one habit change to the other, you will suddenly remark how much fitter and happier you feel.

      I’d love to hear from you again, sharing your experiences and tips. If you have any questions about health, nutrition, exercises or related topics, please leave a comment at any time.

      Wish you a happy & healthy life!

      Pernilla

    • Hello again Frank!

      How nice to see you so soon again.

      The Paleo diet is based on the assumed diet of the Stone Age Man. At those times the humans were hunters and hadn’t started to grow any food yet. They ate what the nature had to give. They ate wild herbs, nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables, eggs, fish and meat. They ate by no means processed food, except that they at one point of time started to cook the meat over a fire, which was a good thing for the development of our brain.

      I find this diet to be a very healthy one. Personally I don’t strictly follow any diet, anyhow I do think it is important to avoid eating too much sugar, salt, wheat and other grains, refined vegetable oils and above all avoid eating any processed Food – just like the Paleo Diet recommends. I’m not a vegetarian but I do not eat meat very often, if I do then I prefer to eat chicken and fish. As you read in this article the consumption of red meat increases inflammatory processes in our bodies.

      I don’t actually recommend a specific diet. We are all different and some people feel better with one diet and the other people prefer another one. But all in all the Paleo Diet is a rather balanced and healthy diet.

      Hope this answer helps you choosing the right diet.

      Pernilla

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