Posted on 20 Dec 2014

Why are Seeds and Nuts So Healthy?

Seeds and nuts contain protein, fibre, unsaturated fats, monounsaturated fats, and micronutrients. They also contain folic acid, potassium, Vitamin E, magnesium, and selenium. Wow, that’s a lot for such a small package, and they’re tasty too.

Some types of seeds have been singled out because of their high nutritional value. Pomegranate seeds are high in vitamin C, which has been attributed to raising metabolism. Hemp seeds have a high fibre content. Pumpkin seeds are high in iron. Flax seeds contain Omega-3, which is good for the heart. Finely sesame seeds contain protein and fibre.

In the UK we tend to eat more peanuts and Brazil nuts, however almonds, walnuts, and hazelnuts have been attributed with reducing the risk of strokes. Pistachio nuts and pine nuts contain phytosterols which helps to lower cholesterol.

Seeds and nuts are a good source of unsaturated and monounsaturated fats, these are classed as good fats. But why do we need fat in our diet. Good fat takes longer to digest, and therefore makes us feel fuller for longer, controlling our hunger. Good fats have a positive effect on the cholesterol levels in the blood. The good fats also help to maintain a healthy metabolism. Vital organs need to be protected and insulated, this is much better for your health if this task is performed by the good fats.

That’s the good news, however, nuts are not a low calorie food and should be eaten in moderation. For every 100g, nuts in general, are between 500 and 600kcal. Even so for mid-morning snack nuts are still better for you than other snack foods, such as chocolate and crisps. Seeds and nuts can be added to your diet with little effort. Seeds and nuts can be added to salads, pasta, and casseroles to give the dish some crunch. Seeds can be easily added when making bread or choose special breads with pumpkin or sunflower seeds already added.


Health and Fitness Advice by FitFarms Editorial Team

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