Nuts are rich in energy and nutrients, are an excellent source of monounsaturated-fatty acids, omega-3, rich in fibre, vitamin and minerals such as manganese, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium. They are also an excellent source of antioxidants, research studies suggest that antioxidants help our bodies remove toxic free radicals and thus, protect from diseases, cancers, as well as infections. Types of nut include: Almonds, Brazils, Cashews, Chestnuts, Hazelnuts, Macadamia, Pistachios, Pine nuts, Peanuts, Pecans, Walnuts.
Nuts can lower the risk of developing raised blood pressure, heart disease and strokes.They are believed to be beneficial in conditions such as depression, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer's disease and some viral infections. Hazelnuts, for instance are rich in essential fatty acids that help lower LDL or bad cholesterol and increase HDL or good cholesterol. Chestnuts differ from other nuts as they are rich in Vitamin C and folates, which are found in leafy green vegetables. Many nuts are gluten free so are useful in cooking for people who are gluten sensitive, have a wheat allergy and sufferers of coeliac disease. When buying nuts, try to buy completely shelled or un-shelled raw nuts instead of processed ones. Unshelled nuts can be stored for years; shelled nuts need to be stored in an airtight container.