Nuts Can Make A Perfect Healthy Snack

By | April 13, 2009

Nut Fruits For Healthy Snacks

Looking for a healthy way to snack? How about a handful of nuts! These could be a mixture with almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashew, or just a pack of the same nuts. Power packed with nutrients, these nutty treats are rich in the bioflavonoid ‘resveratrol’, which has anti-cancer properties. Nuts can also prevent the formation of arterial plaques, and can prevent heart disease. They also have anti-aging and anti-viral properties.

Nuts Health Benefits And Varieties Of Nuts:

Almonds: Packed with nutrition, these woody-flavored nuts are a good source of vegetable protein. They also contain nutrients like magnesium, niacin, thiamin, zinc, iron, folic acid, fiber and riboflavin. Almonds contain selenium, vitamin E, copper, manganese, and potassium. A good source of calcium, roasted almonds can make for a great snack.

Peanuts: Also grouped as legumes, peanuts are rich in protein and are packed with energy. Rich in antioxidants that can prevent cancer and heart disease, peanuts also contain vitamin E and niacin (B3).

Hazelnuts: They are a good source of potassium, calcium, iron, fiber, and protein. Rich in thiamine and vitamin E, hazelnuts have fat but sans the cholesterol. Like most nuts, hazelnuts have antioxidant properties.

Pecans: Most of the fat in pecans is unsaturated, which means heart healthy fat. A handful of these nuts have fiber, zinc, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and vitamin E. Pecans have more antioxidants than any other nut.

Pistachios: a member of the cashew family, pistachios can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Eat them roasted or salted as these nuts are rich in fiber, thiamine, vitamin B6, and protein.

Walnuts: Packed with health benefits, walnuts are a good source of omega-3 essential fatty acids that can protect the heart and improve cognitive function. These also have anti-inflammatory benefits for people with psoriasis, eczema, rheumatism, and asthma. Walnuts have antioxidant properties and are rich in magnesium, B vitamins and fiber.

Macadamia: These nuts are a good source of Thiamine, fiber, and protein. High in fat, an ounce of macadamia nuts contain about 204 calories. Sweet and crunchy, these nuts can be sprinkled over desserts, rice dishes, stews and salads.

Cashew nuts: These have the less fat than most other nuts and about 75% of the fat is unsaturated. And the fatty acid contains oleic acid that is found in olive oil. They are rich in copper, help in energy production and good for healthy blood vessels and bones.

Brazil nuts: These nuts are high in selenium, magnesium, potassium, calcium, zinc, mono-saturated fats, fiber and protein. Eat these roasted or raw.

Well, do you need any more reasons to munch on nuts?