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Nuts are delicious and boast many health benefits, as you might be surprised to know.
In this article, we’ll be talking about the health benefits of some of the commonly available nuts. Without any delay, let’s have a look:
Almonds, along with walnuts, are the frontrunners for the title of healthiest nuts in the world. The recent almond craze has seen people go nuts over them (sorry, we couldn’t help it), and this is rightfully so, because they provide many nutrients in a small but power-packed handful.
That power packed handful contains loads of Vitamin E, no cholesterol, significant amounts of fiber and protein, high amounts of minerals like magnesium and manganese and other minor but useful nutrients that body uses for various purposes.
Of course, they do contain a relatively high amount of fat, but it’s nothing you need to worry about unless you need to be very strict about your diet. You only need a small handful every day to cover all your requirements and that amounts to approximately 25-30 grams. We highly recommend eating some almonds every day.
Though not quite as common in India as some of the other nuts in the list, it’s worth your time to consider the exotic brazil nut. They’ve got a healthy portion of nutrients and can by themselves be used an ingredient in a variety of dishes.
Brazil nuts have a particularly high mineral content, and of the minerals it is richest in the slightly unavailable selenium. Most nuts have good fiber and protein content and the brazil nut is no different. Vitamin E and fats are also present. You’ll want to watch how much you consume because they are heavy on the calories, like cashews.
You can eat them as they are or crush and sprinkle them on top of salads or porridges.
The delicious Cashew nut doesn’t really compare to some of the other entrants on this list as far as health is concerned, but they do have their benefits. Just don’t munch on them by the handfuls. High in calories, they’re an express ticket to health problems if you consume too much.
One of their positives is that they reduce bad cholesterol because they contain the ‘good’ fats, also called monounsaturated fats. They have more vitamins and mineral than brazil nuts, offering the variants of Vitamin B and the minerals manganese, zinc, copper, magnesium, selenium, iron and potassium.
Cashews come in a variety of different treats. Honey roasted cashews are a must try!
The Peanut is widely available in many parts of the world and you’ll be hard pressed to find a place in India where you can’t the charmingly designed food. We know that peanut oil is a healthy choice for a cooking oil. Peanuts themselves are abundant in monounsaturated fats which, as we mentioned, is the kind of fat that reduces the bad cholesterol in your body. It has been stated that regular consumption of peanuts reduces the chances of cardiovascular diseases by as much as 21%.
They are also a great sources of vitamins and minerals. Peanuts are affordable and readily available, so you should definitely eat more of them. What’s more, they have skin and hair benefits! They’re quite the versatile nut.
Mostly grown in the Middle East, pistachios are obtained from trees that take a decade to produce the nut. They offer a lot of energy to the consumer, being high in calories. They are also full of antioxidants and monounsaturated fats.
Vitamins B and E are present in pistachios. They are also considered as good aids to digestion.
The much vaunted Walnut deserves its praises. Much has been said about them so we’ll keep it brief: they possess cardiovascular benefits, anti-cancer properties and help those who suffer from type 2 diabetes.
You should definitely consider having at least a handful of one or two of these nuts everyday. The nutritional benefits, and of course their taste, make them an easily recommendable health item.
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