We’ve all been told how good nuts are for our health at some point of time. The best part, they’re tasty too. A lot of people grew up impulse eating an entire bag of pistas and peanuts at some point of time in their lives. Most of the nuts featured in this article are usually available at any supermarket and have a host of benefits to offer.
At the top of the list is Badam, known worldwide as the Almond. These fibre rich, high protein and nutrient dense nuts are one of the best things you can give your body. They are a great companion for anyone struggling through the Keto diet and in general, they help you stay healthier. Another great thing about Almonds is their versatility. They can be used to make almond milk and almond flour which can be made into cookies and bread.
This superfood looks a little like a brain once you’ve cracked it out its shell (thankfully, science has solved that little problem for us). Rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, it not only looks like a brain, but also helps you sharpen yours. In addition to that, the nut reduces inflammation, has a lot of fat (the good kind) which helps you control your hunger and stick to whatever diet you’re struggling with. It is also compatible with most diets and reduces the risk of heart disease.
Pistas for short, these usually come with their shells slightly cracked open so that you can do the rest of the work yourself. A lot of people end up eating a lot of these in a single sitting because it’s kind of addictive to keep cracking them open one after the other. They are great for the eyes, rich in anti-oxidants and like many other nuts, nutrient dense which make them a great topper on salads and snacks.
These delicious bits of goodness are rich in Iron, which is IRONically, the most common nutritional deficiency among people today. Doctors recommend people constantly to include cashews in their diets, since it takes care of a lot of base level nutrition for most people. Thanks to their creamy texture, cashews are also a great dairy replacement, maybe even better than Almonds. These nuts are rich in fat and protein and are another brand of the nut family that can ally with you if you are trying out the Keto diet.
An imposter to the nut family, peanuts are actually legumes with a high protein concentration and many other useful minerals and nutrients. Regardless of what it is classified as, it is a great addition to your diet, and is one of the most consumed ‘nuts’ in the country. The recommended serving size for peanuts is two tablespoons because of their high caloric values, if you eat them everyday. One of the best things about peanuts, is peanut butter, which is not very rich in sugar despite its sweetness. Peanut butter is actually one of the healthiest things to be considered a desert.
So make sure you keep your pantry stocked with these nuts and make sure to incorporate them in your diet, they are sure to help you get through the day.