Just how good for our health are nuts?
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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 antioxidant that is critical for healthy thyroid and immune function, and just two to four brazil nuts per day will meet your selenium needs.
Nuts make a perfect snack or addition to your lunchtime meal. When you include fats from whole food sources (such as nuts) in your meals, this slows the rate at which food leaves the stomach, which helps to keep you feeling fuller for longer. It also slows 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.
All nuts contain minerals such as magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc. However, levels can vary depending on the type of nut.