Nuts or as we call in India ‘Dry Fruits’ are rich in vitamin and proteins and every nut has a unique healthy, hearty substance like some are rich in omega, some in unsaturated fat, some calcium and some fibre. Nuts make the best of snacks and are season’s best buys. They keep your heart healthy and body alert. Let’s look into specific nutritional contents of a few nuts.
Almond, also known as Badam is a species of the tree native to the Middle East. Almond is known for its rich source of Iron, Fibre, Vitamin E, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Manganese.
Almond is one of the most nutritional nuts and helps in reducing cholesterol. It helps in weight loss, reducing body fat and lowering blood pressure.
- Cashew Nuts
Cashew Nut, also known as Kaju is grown from a tropical evergreen tree that produces the cashew nut and cashew apple. It is a good source of Magnesium, copper, iron and Protein.
Magnesium helps in building protein and overall energy. Phosphorus helps in building strong teeth and bones. Iron helps in keeping nails, skin and hair healthy.
Peanut, also known as groundnut is widely grown for its edible seeds. It is an excellent source of Protein, Vitamin E, Folate, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Manganese and Copper.
Peanut helps in maintaining healthy skin, hair and muscles. It helps maintaining water body levels and metabolism and helps when you have muscle cramps.
Pistachio, famously known as Pista is a member of cashew family, originating from Central Asia and the Middle East. It is high in Fibre, Vitamin B6, Phosphorus, Copper and Manganese.
The best part about Pistachio is that it is cholesterol-free and high on mono saturated fats. It contains Copper and Magnesium which aide in strengthening your immune system.
Walnut is the nut of the tree Juglans Regia. It is rich in Protein, Vitamin B6, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Copper and Manganese. It is also high in mono saturated fat and Omega 3 which prevents diseases like arthritis and depression.
Hazelnut is a nut derived from the tree called Corylus Avellena. Hazelnuts are high in Magnesium, Copper, Manganese, Phosphorus, Vitamin E, Selenium and fibre.
Hazelnut helps in preventing premature ageing, produce healthy red blood cells and tissue degradation.
The best ways to consume these nuts are:
- As they are
- With milk or as shakes/smoothies
- Grated in salads, or vegetables
- As butter (especially Almond and Hazelnut)
GO HEALTHY! GO NUTS!