Nuts are healthy for You

Nuts are essentially the seeds found in fruits. Since every fruit has the potential to grow into a massive oak. Hence, its seed must contain every nutrient required for a sapling to grow into a complex mechanism called a tree ! From this simplest standpoint, the nutrition provided by nuts is quite obviously the best one can find in the plant kingdom.

In recent years, fats have gained a bad name.   Numerous fad diets based on proteins, complex carbohydrates, vegan, and hundreds of others have surfaced all over the internet. The good news though is – fats are back in vogue !

Most vegetable fats are extracted from a seed. Hence the term oilseeds. Today, almost every diet prescribes a fistful of seeds as a mid-meal snack. The perfect balance of monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and saturated fatty acids make nuts the ideal source for good fats.

Nuts are also a good source of dietary fibre and provide a wide range of essential nutrients, including several B group vitamins (including folate), vitamin E, minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc, potassium and magnesium, antioxidant minerals (selenium, manganese and copper), plus other phytochemicals such as antioxidant compounds (flavonoids and resveratrol) and plant sterols.

The 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines include nuts in the same food group as meat, fish, poultry, eggs and legumes, due to their protein content. A daily serving of 30g is recommended, but an additional 10g of nuts a day can be used in place of other healthy fat foods as well.