Just how good for our health are nuts?

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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.

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