Just how good for our health are nuts?
heart and skin. Most omega-6 inflammatory fats come from processed foods though, so it is most important to minimise/omit these foods to not over-consume damaged omega-6 fats.
All nuts contain minerals (such as magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc). However, levels can vary depending on the type of nut. While most nuts contain very little selenium, brazil nuts are a fantastic source. Selenium is an down how quickly the glucose in the meal is absorbed in the body, keeping your energy levels stable and helping you to avoid an energy rollercoaster.
If nuts nourish you and you digest them well, I cannot encourage you enough to continue eating them regularly. Because the mineral content and fatty acid composition can vary depending on the type of nut, it’s wise to enjoy a mixture of nuts.
With that said, if I was to suggest just one or two types of nuts to include regularly in your way of eating, it would be brazil nuts for their selenium content and walnuts for the omega-3 fatty acids they contain.
Dr Libby is a nutritional biochemist, best-selling author and speaker. The advice contained in this column is not intended to be a substitute for direct, personalised advice from a health professional. See Dr Libby live during her ‘What AmI Supposed To Eat?’ tour which is currently under way in New Zealand. For more information, visit drlibby.com
All nuts contain minerals such as magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc. However, levels can vary depending on the type of nut.