Are you just nuts about nuts? Is there nutting you would do for a cashew? Do you often tell your coworkers to “cashew” outside where the nut shop is?

That’s enough puns for now.

Small, delicious, and oh-so convenient, nuts have long been hailed as being the secret to good health and nutrition. Kept in office drawers and snacked on during those hot Hong Kong hikes, it is important to appreciate the nut for not only it’s delicious taste but also it’s startling health benefits. Next time you’re about to hit the trail, decide which nut you want to accompany you on your adventure.

 

Brazil Nuts

These feisty nuts are incredibly high in different vitamins and nutrients making them extra special in the nut realm.  Brazil nuts are a rich source of selenium, which is a trace mineral that can assist your body with cognitive function and fertility (ola!). It has also been know to prevent thyroid problems, cardiovascular diseases, plus you can also turn it into nut milk. They can be eaten raw or cooked, and you’ll find they have the ability to dress up any basic cake or slice.

You only need to eat 4-5 of these nuts a day to get your daily source of selenium, so try not to overdose on them. They are also incredibly high in saturated fat content which means you should enjoy them occasionally.

Almonds

Ahh, almonds! These little babies are bursting with health benefits and can help to maintain healthy skin, hair, and teeth. Perfect for an exercise snack, they are used as a healthy solution for relief from gut issues such as constipation, respiratory disorders, anaemia, and even impotency (nuts are sexier than we thought). Almonds also give you a nice dose of protein, fibre and omega-3 and -6 fatty acids.

Usually eaten raw they can sometimes be found swimming through your salad, perched on top of your dessert, and even in the handbag of Australia’s most successful gold-digger/supermodel Miranda Kerr. They’re also a great milk alternative for those avoiding dairy.

Having trouble with tough nuts? Some suggest soaking almonds overnight to make the nuts softer and in order to increase health benefits. The belief is that almond skin contains enzyme inhibitors that help to protect the almond until the sufficient amount of water and sunlight can help it to blossom.  Next time you’re having trouble chomping away on your almonds, consider giving them an overnight spa treatment in your fridge.

 

Cashews

Cashews have long been rumoured to be not so healthy for you because of their supposed high-fat content. How superficial we have all become, since when did a high fat content become a reason to overlook something so full of goodness? For shame.

In truth, cashews contain less fat than other nuts and the unsaturated fat that they do contain can help with cholesterol levels and heart health.

They are a wonderful source of minerals containing around 31% of your daily recommended value for copper, 20% for magnesium (which helps with migraines and cognitive functions), and 12% for vitamin K (which helps to clot blood). It has also been suggested that women who eat at least an ounce of cashews each week have a 25% lower risk of developing gallstones.

Next time you’re shovelling in your stir-fry, keep an eye out for these loving nuts and be sure to give them a high-five for being so helpful.

Pecans

A gift from the Americas, the pecan has quickly become a favourite amongst pie lovers (pecan pie is delicious with a good hot chocolate). Although they contain quite a bit of fat, this fat is the good kind of fat you find in avocados and olives. These jolly nuts are full of fibre, magnesium, vitamin B, and even iron, and as a bonus they have a great caramel flavour if you put them in the oven.

Their high fibre content is useful in aiding heart health and also promotes digestive health which helps you to move everything through your system a little faster.

Pecans are also very useful in fighting inflammation in your body. The two types of vitamin E they contain discourage cellular damage which leads to irritation. Next time one of your friends complains of an achy joint, throw pecans at them until they stop complaining.

The perfect healthy snack and delicious in almost all recipes, make sure that you have a small bag of nuts with you when you’re out and about. Now you have your exercise snack, it’s time to find a good hike to take them on: [link to hiking article]

Are you just nuts about nuts? Is there nutting you would do for a cashew? Do you often tell your coworkers to “cashew” outside where the nut shop is? That’s enough puns for now. Small, delicious, and oh-so convenient, nuts have long been hailed as being the secret to good health and nutrition. Kept in…