Why You Should Snack on Nuts!

Nuts are a popular snack – they’re tasty, inexpensive and filling. They are also very nutritious and have many health benefits. 

So what exactly are the benefits of nuts? 

Well, as mentioned, they contain a lot of nutrients – including fiber, copper, magnesium, vitamin E, selenium, manganese and phosphorus. They are also a great source of antioxidants, and can help manage and prevent various health conditions. 

So let’s look at the benefits found in different nuts in more detail!

 

Peanuts –

My personal favourite to snack on, peanuts are actually technically a legume rather than a tree nut, but they have very similar properties to tree nuts. 

Peanuts are a great source of plant-based protein and health fats.

They are also rich in antioxidants which can help reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease and many other health problems, as well as lowering cholesterol. 

 

Walnuts – 

Walnuts contain the most antioxidants of all nuts, and they are also high in healthy fats and many other nutrients. They are extremely beneficial for your heart and brain, can reduce cancer, and may also help with gut health. 

 

Cashews – 

Cashews have a lower fat content than other nuts, and they contain many nutrients, including high levels of iron and zinc.

They may help to lower blood pressure and raise good cholesterol. They are also rich in magnesium, which is said to help with memory.

 

Pistachios – 

As with the others, pistachios are a great source of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. They also contain higher amounts of vitamin B6 than other nuts, which is important for blood sugar regulation and the formation of haemoglobin. They are also rich in muscle-supporting potassium. 

 

Pecans – 

As well as being high in good fats, pecans are very high in flavonoids – an antioxidant that fights inflammation, and helps reduce the effects of ageing.

They are also beneficial for heart health and for lowering cholesterol. 

 

 

Almonds – 

Like other nuts, almonds are full of nutrients that help protect the heart, such as copper, magnesium, vitamin E, manganese, and unsaturated fats. They also have positive effects on those with diabetes, as regular consumption can help to control blood sugar levels. They can also benefit blood pressure, cholesterol, brain health, and may aid weight loss too!