Why Should You Eat Nuts?
Want to know the not so nutty thing about nuts? Not only are they delicious, but most are packed with nutrients and super-good for you. However, different nuts have different health benefits, so it’s best to mix up the varieties you eat so that you are get a wide variety of vitamins and minerals and an enjoy the maximum nutritional benefit.
In this blog post, we explore 5 different nuts and the health benefits they can offer us!
Health Benefits of Pecans
Raw pecans not only pack a punch of protein, healthy fats and fibre that keep you energised and satisfied throughout the day. They are also a good source of calcium, magnesium and potassium which help lower blood pressure. Moreover, pecans are known to be high in the mineral manganese, which promotes healthy bones and protects our cells from the oxidative damage caused by stress.
If you want to add pecans to your diet but still want some indulgence in your snacking, then try out our Toffee & Pecan Shot.
Health Benefits of Peanuts
Peanuts are one of the most common nuts and are very well known to be an unhealthy snack, which is true if you buy the salted and roasted varieties. But plain peanuts and natural peanut butters are very nutritious! Peanuts have a great source of biotin which our bodies use for many different functions, its most popular being keeping hair and skin healthy. However, peanuts also help keep our metabolic systems healthy and enable our nervous system to function properly.
Have a Peanuts and Raisins Shot as simple healthy on the go snack to help get in all the added benefits of nuts into your diet.
Health Benefits of Walnuts
Although usually seen paired with carrot cake, walnuts are a great snack on their own that walnut disappoint you! Not only are they a tasty crunchy treat, but they have many health benefits. They are an excellent source of antioxidants that supports healthy brain function as well as being full of healthy fats, vitamins & minerals and that is just the beginning of how they support your health. They also help improve blood pressure and promote a healthy gut that may reduce disease risks.
You can find different Whitworths crunchy good by nature good for you Walnuts in numerous retailers, such as in our Favourites range in Poundstretcher.
Health Benefits of Almonds
Almonds are becoming a very popular nut, being used in many recipes both savoury and sweet which harbour many nutritional properties. Like peanuts they are high in biotin, but they are also high in minerals like calcium and phosphorus. These minerals help promote strong and healthy bones and teeth which is beneficial for vegans who need to find alternative to dairy products which are known to be high in calcium.
Consume Almonds on their own or added it to a dish. Our Berries and Almonds SHOTS go great on Greek yogurt, on top of porridge or as an on-the-go snack! You might also like our Summer Berry Fruit and Nut Mix, filled with delicious dried fruits and almonds.
Health Benefits of Brazil Nuts
Brazil nuts are very nutritious and energy dense, being rich in healthy fats, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium and many more vitamins and minerals. Brazil Nuts contain more selenium than any other nut and is vital for your immune system, thyroid glands, and cell growth. Likewise, Brazil nuts are high in antioxidants, which can help combat against free radical damage and reduce inflammation and protect your body from oxidative stress.
You can grab a pack of Brazil Nuts to snack on throughout the day. However, if you would rather add them to a dish, why not sprinkle some Brazil nuts to a dish of your choice? We would recommend adding them to a burrito to add a bit of crunch, or trying out this delicious fruit and nut chocolate bark recipe.
Are Nuts Good For You?
Eating nuts on a regular basis can improve your health in many ways so if you can, make the effort to get nuts into your diet in any way shape of form. Whether it is an on the go snack, an office nibble to carry you through the day or sprinkling them on a dish of your choice, it can help provide you with a pack full of nutrients that are good for your body.
Disclaimer: Nuts are a calorie dense food so keep in mind portion control. If you eat them in moderation, nuts make for a tasty addition to a healthy, balanced diet. Moreover, nuts are one of the most common food allergens and as a result can cause allergic reactions so do not consume if you have an allergy to nuts.