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Totally Nut-tastic!

Not many of us know this, but a nut is down in the Oxford dictionary as, and I quote “a fruit consisting of a hard shell around an edible kernel.” The nut is in fact part of the fruit family, and contrary to popular belief, nuts are actually good for you when eaten in the correct way.

The following short list provided by the Healthy Hideout gives a quick insight into some of the best nuts available from most grocery stores. Why not look into getting some of these nuts into your diet as soon as possible:

Brazil Nuts – In addition to the usual nut health properties, the brazil nut is unique due to the high selenium content, a mineral proven to help protect against cancer, heart disease and even premature ageing. Limit yourself to a handful a day, as too much selenium can be dangerous. An easy way to incorporate Brazil nuts into your diet is to sprinkle them over rice and vegetable dishes. For a sweet treat, why not try them chocolate? Tasty!

Almonds – There are many arguments both for and against the almonds, as they’ve been derided as a calorific “easy to eat” party snack both high in fat and salt. However, take raw almonds without salt eaten in the correct quantities and you have yourself a great source of protein, fibre and antioxidants – all of which have been proven to help lower cholesterol and reducing the risk of heart of disease.

Cashew Nuts – This common bean shaped nut grows on the stalk of the cashew pear, used frequently in sweet and savoury Asian dishes. Cashews are a great source of magnesium, helping support healthy muscle & bone growth. The high-fibre properties of the cashew nut are also used in effective weight management when eaten in moderation.

Pistachio Nuts – Unsalted pistachios are a nutrient packed food dense with a considerable amount of vitamins and minerals, making them quite  a perfect snack. A single one ounce serving of around 30 nuts contains up to 10% of your daily requirements of fibre, magnesium and B vitamins. Perfect for keeping your immunity system strong and healthy.

Walnuts – These hard shelled nuts contain an impressive level of mono unsaturated fats, with more omega 3 than any other nut. Some studies have shown how walnuts can help fight against depression, whilst helping to maintain a healthy heart. Tests have shown how eating 8 walnuts a day can help lower cholesterol by up to 10%.