Nuts are super foods too

Nuts are super foods too

Next time you fancy a handful of nuts, reach for almonds, brazils or walnuts.
They are delightful on their own, shelled, roasted or, less healthily, sugared.

Grind them yourself in a food processor to make sure they are really fresh, but you will have to dip them in boiling water quickly first to make it easier to remove the skins.

Almonds are the richest nut source of calcium, making them particularly useful for vegans and those with dairy allergies.

They are also a great source of essential fats and B vitamins and contain some iron, potassium and magnesium.

For many years herbalists have used almond milk, made from ground almonds and water, for the relief of chest infections and digestive problems.

Brazil nuts are also nutritious, containing vitamins A, B1, B2, niacin and iodine.

They are high in fat, but it’s mostly monounsaturated, which is essential to our diet.

However, due to a high fat content, they can go rancid so it is best to buy small amounts at a time and store them in an airtight container in the fridge.

They are also a good source of selenium, a major antioxidant that is important for the immune system, thyroid hormone metabolism and reproduction.

The average British diet does not contain much of this important element.
Walnuts also warrant a brief mention as they contain omega 3 essential fats, which are vital for healthy brain function.

Nuts are part of a natural anti aging program

Super foods: Nuts (Guardian Unlimited)

Nuts are good for you

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