Snack Your Way to Better Health: Why Nuts Could Improve Your Wellbeing

By Hannah de Gruchy / Nutrition / July 24th, 2023

1. Nuts Are Nutrient Rich

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Nuts are packed with vitamins and minerals, and this is due to the fact that most tree nuts are technically a seed kernel. A humble seed has the potential to turn into a mighty tree, and is therefore packed with nutrients to help it grow (unless we eat it before it gets the chance of course).

Different nuts have different nutrient profiles, rather like different fruits and vegetables also do. For example, citrus fruits, strawberries and peppers are a rich source of vitamin C, while mangos, melons and carrots provide a significant amount of vitamin A.

In the same way, Brazil nuts for example, contain very high amounts of selenium and walnuts provide significant amounts of omega 3 fatty acids.

But on the whole, nuts are a great source of vitamin E, as well as the minerals magnesium, selenium, manganese, copper and phosphorous. They’re also a good source of fibre and protein. Nuts do contain healthy unsaturated fats and as a result, they’re fairly calorific. However, these healthy fats are beneficial for heart and brain health. It’s not easy to eat more than a handful of plain, unsalted nuts, so by adding them to your diet, you’re unlikely to be adding a large excess of calories. Instead, you’ll be consuming a plethora of healthy nutrients!


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