NUTS Can Help You Lose Weight
Nuts provide numerous nutritional benefits. Throughout the following pages there is a descriptive evaluation of the most common varieties: almond, Brazil, cashew, chestnut, coconut, hazel, macadamia, pecan, pine, pistachio and walnut.
Generally speaking, nuts are a very good source of complete protein, all the essential life-supporting amino acids are generously supplied by the nut kingdom (refer to Chart 8). Nuts can easily replace all other foods for protein value and requirements.
We are fortunate these days to have a variety of nuts from around the world to choose from; however, many people consider nuts to be an expensive food item and unfortunately for that reason they are avoided. Nut protein is actually better value than meat or poultry (refer to the chart below).
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Nuts provide an abundance of minerals and vitamins compared to meat and poultry, plus they need no cooking and that saves on fuel bills.
In addition, nuts provide numerous other benefits due to their good supply of fibre, trace minerals and antioxidants. Nuts provide pure value per gram.
Another main benefit from nuts is that, when they are eaten raw, the valuable unsaturated oil content is an excellent source of energy and health benefits, as presented in the following pages.
Animal protein foods such as meat are mainly composed of saturated fats. Once meat is cooked, a decrease in the protein value occurs plus the nasty addition of free radicals results, which is really detrimental to health.
Nuts supply generous amounts of easily assimilated complete protein, minerals, vitamins and no free radicals when eaten raw. For a simple protein snack, try a handful of almonds with a ripe peach or crisp apple.
Nuts supply all the essential nutrients for the utilisation of their fat content, and because most of the fats are unsaturated, they can be readily used by the body. Over half the food value in nuts is composed of unsaturated fats and these provide a very satisfying effect on the appetite with no health risk problems. Research studies have shown that the unsaturated fats in nuts can actually reduce weight when they replace the saturated fats of other animal produce foods and meals. Nuts are the answer to the big appetite and demand for calories and energy.
One serving of 150g of mixed nuts will provide an average of 900 calories or one-third of the daily calorie allowance for men between the ages of 20-50. With such a serving, all daily protein requirements are obtained.
Nuts provide an abundance of the minerals calcium, phosphorus, iron potassium, copper, selenium and magnesium.
The following pages will detail the enormous benefits that are provided by the mighty nut kingdom.
NOTE: All amounts in this blog are measured in milligrams (mg) per 100 grams, unless stated otherwise.
CALORIES – total: 578 kcal. Per 100 grams.