Saturday, April 14, 2012

NUTRITION: Are You Nuts About Nuts? You Should Be!

I am reposting this from  Walk with Walgreens ...
Many consider the mighty walnut to be more beneficial to your health than any other nut. According to Joe Vinson of the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, "A handful of walnuts contain almost twice as much antioxidants as an equivalent amount of any other commonly consumed nut. But unfortunately, people don't eat a lot of them.” 
The quality antioxidants in Walnuts can protect the body from disease. Walnuts also provide the body with high-quality protein, vitamins, and minerals. And let’s not forget, they’re delicious! Drop some in your morning no-atmeal or yogurt, toss some in your salad, or bake some in a healthy fruit dessert. Walnuts make almost anything better.
nutsBased on the popularity of our post about walnuts, we wanted to continue the nutty discussion with Brazil nuts. Act like an Amazonian and grab a handful. They’re higher in calories than other nuts because of their fats, but they are also rich in vitamins, anti-oxidants, and minerals. A cup of brazil nuts can get you toward your daily recommended value of thiamin, vitamin e, calcium, magnesium, and selenium. 
Brazil nuts are also free from gluten, which makes them a popular ingredient in the preparation of gluten-free food formulas. And we can’t forget about brazil nut oil. It can be used in cooking as well, but also as massage oil, for aromatherapy, and even to make paints. 
We’ve already highlighted the health benefits of walnuts and Brazil nuts, so we thought we’d tackle almonds too. Almonds are like miracle nuts – they’re good for your entire body! They help with brain development, so kids should munch on a few every morning. Mono-saturated fat, protein and potassium contained in almonds are good for the heart.

Got dry skin? Put some almond oil on it. Almond milk is even added to some soaps to improve complexion. Almonds can also boost energy, help with weight loss, prevent constipation, and regulate blood pressure. You have every reason to grab a handful!

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