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Are you a health nut? From big brazils to petite pines, discover all the benefits

January 19, 2016 Trevor Stroud

We’ve been touting the benefits of nutritious nuts – some of which feature in our delicious products – for as long as we can remember! 

In fact, we love them so much that we wanted to devote an entire blog to them. Sort of a mini encyclopaedia. Our very own nut-clopaedia!

Use it to discover health benefits and interesting facts about all your favourites.

Always almonds for unsaturated fatty acids (and all sorts of minerals)

From fibre for bowel function to Vitamin E for protection against disease, the little almond is a giant in the nutrition stakes, packed with essential vitamins to help you stay healthy. Buzzingly so, in fact; almond trees can’t self-pollinate, and need bees to help them out!

Big Brazils boast bottomless benefits

Containing numerous nutrients, the Brazil nut is unique in the amount of selenium – known for its antioxidant properties – it contains. What’s more, due to its large size, it tends to rise to the top of mixed nut bags: the Brazil nut effect (otherwise known as granular convection).

Crunchy cashews deliver minerals galore

Copper. Manganese. Phosphorus. Magnesium. You name it, they’ve got it. Add in a hefty does of monounsaturated fat and you’re on to a winner. Plus, they’re totally delicious! Want a bit more inside knowledge? Cashews grow out of apples, and their shells are poisonous.

Hazelnuts are a wonderful source of antioxidants

Sweet and incredibly nutritious, hazelnuts contain numerous vitamins and minerals with a multitude of health benefits. In particular, they’re an excellent source of folate. And their copper and manganese content makes them antioxidant-tastic!

Macadamias contain more monounsaturated fat than any other seed

That’s the kind that reduces cholesterol, and therefore the risk of heart disease – Whoop! Strangely though, they’re toxic to dogs. You learn something new every day!

Peanuts, despite their name, are actually lovely legumes

That doesn’t mean they don’t have nutritional value though. In fact, they’re great sources of vitamins B and E and minerals such as phosphorus. They’re also essential to peanut butter. But do you know what archybutrophobia is? The fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth. Yes, there’s an official term!

Pecans are full with zinc, great for tissue building and repair

In all, they contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals. Not bad going. Looking for a fun fact of the day? Pecan trees only produce nuts every 2 years. Good thing they can live to be over 200 years old then, so there’s plenty of harvests to reap.

Petite pine nuts pack a hefty goodness punch

It might (or might not!) surprise you to know that pine nuts are seeds of the pine tree. Not to be outdone by its larger nut-relatives, it contains all the usual essential minerals, vitamins and fatty acids. Plus, its creamy yet crunchy flavour makes it a great addition to any salad.

Pistachios lower cholesterol and are good fat rich

According to legend, pistachios were grown in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Strangely, they’re related to the mango. And they’re known as the ‘smiling nut’ in Iran. Add to that their vitamin, mineral and fatty acid content (and their amazing taste) and you can’t go wrong!

Walnuts work well for your brain (and heart!)

With their skull-shaped shell and brain-shaped interior, walnuts are often thought of as brain food. And there’s actually truth in that, as they’re high in Omega-3 fatty acid, which promotes brain function. And guess what else? They’re great for your heart! And that’s all for now! If you’ve enjoyed our breakdown then keep an eye out for our fruit special in the New Year. In the meantime, keep on cracking!

Download our infographic to discover  the benefits of Dry Roasting nuts 

Trevor Stroud

    

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