We’ve gone nuts for nuts! Incorporating a handful of nuts a day can really improve your health, so we have jumped on the health wagon! So many people forget about the benefits nuts can bring to their diet. Instead, they may choose to snack on unhealthier foods such as processed biscuits and crisps.
All nuts have some sort of health benefit but all have different qualities and benefits. Here’s a short breakdown of what a few different types of nuts have to offer!
If you avoid dairy, calcium-rich almonds are a good choice to ensure you're getting enough of this bone-building mineral. Almonds are also high in vitamin E, a nutrient that helps to improve the appearance of your skin!
Brazils are a good source of the mineral selenium, which we need to produce the active thyroid hormone. Selenium also supports immunity and helps wounds to heal. You only need three or four Brazil nuts a day to get all the selenium your body wants!
Cashews make an excellent choice if you're following a vegetarian diet, because they contain a huge amount of protein. They're also rich in the mineral magnesium, which is thought to improve age-related memory loss!
Their superior antioxidant content means walnuts are useful in the fight against cancer. They're also a good source of heart-friendly fats. As well as this, they're rich in omega-3, so they're a great alternative if you don't eat oily fish!
Nuts are easy to incorporate into your life, you just have to get creative! You can have nut milks, use them in blended smoothies, in curries, sprinkled over salads or if your feeling naughty in cakes! Just a handful a day will keep the doctor away!