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Which nuts are the healthiest?

  1. Nuts are very healthy, that is well known. But one note is not the other. There are indeed differences in the amount of nutrients that each type of nut contains. One has a little more omega-3 fats, the other has a little more protein and yet another nut has a lot of antioxidants to offer.

  1. There are also nuts that cannot be eaten raw, but are tasty again after heating. The disadvantage of this is that all good nutrients are largely lost during heating.

  1. Confusing? Read on for a complete overview!

Notes in general

  1. A nut is the base of a plant or a tree. A whole tree has to grow from that nut, so everything that is needed for the whole process is in this nut. So a seed or nut contains an enormous amount of nutrients of a very high quality.

  2. A nut is the base of a plant or a tree. A whole tree has to grow from that nut, so everything that is needed for the whole process is in this nut. So a seed or a nut contains an enormous amount of nutrients of a very high quality.

  1. It is of course no wonder that smaller animals, such as hamsters and squirrels, collect all kinds of nuts in the fall to get through the winter: Many nutrients in a relatively small volume. Ideal to save for later use! These examples clearly indicate that nuts have an extremely high nutritional value, which we too can benefit from.

  1. Incidentally, there is a big difference in the concept of â € nutsâ € ™. Many nuts are used in the kitchen and actually all fruits and nuts that resemble a nut are labeled as nuts. In botany this term is used quite differently.

  2. Incidentally, there is a big difference in the concept of â € nutsâ € ™. Many nuts are used in the kitchen and actually all fruits and nuts that only slightly resemble a nut are labeled as nuts. In botany this term is used quite differently.

  1. Officially, a nut is a single nut, so botanically not every nut in the kitchen is a real nut. The walnut is a good example of this: The walnut is a drupe But that does not alter the fact that the botanical category non-nuts also contains a lot of nutritious products.

  2. Officially, a nut is a single nut, so botanically, not every nut in the kitchen is a real nut. The walnut is a good example of this: The walnut is a drupe But that does not alter the fact that the botanical category non-nuts also contains a lot of nutritious products.

  1. The nut is one of the few products that is still eaten unprocessed and can be eaten. Most products that are processed, either by yourself or by the manufacturer, lose a great deal of nutritional value.

  2. The nut is one of the few products that is still eaten unprocessed, and can be eaten. Most products that are processed, either by yourself or by the manufacturer, lose a great deal of nutritional value.

  1. Eating raw, like our ancestors did, has many benefits, but that's a whole different story.

  2. Eating raw, as our ancestors did, has many benefits, but that's a whole different story.

  1. If we limit ourselves to the nuts and the seeds, we can find a lot of unsaturated fats and proteins in them. And not just a little, but a huge amount in an extremely concentrated form! These fats and proteins form the basis for our body. These are the building materials for our body, and also the substances that are part of many processes that take place in your body.

  1. If we look at this more specifically, these substances are indispensable in our hormone balance, the ability to recover, the immune system and the nervous system. If you do not eat enough (healthy) fats, your hormone system will immediately become out of balance, causing you to get a worse mood, your libido is much lower, sleep worse and have less muscle building. The natural inhibition of inflammation in your body will also decrease.

  2. If we look at this more specifically, these substances are indispensable in our hormone balance, the ability to recover, the immune system and the nervous system. If you do not eat enough (healthy) fats, your hormone balance will immediately become unbalanced, causing you to get a worse mood, your libido is much lower, sleep worse and have less muscle building. The natural inhibition of inflammation in your body will also decrease.

  1. Another benefit of eating healthy fats is the contribution it makes to fat burning.

  1. Yes, you read that right: You need fats for fat burning!

  1. Especially the healthy fat Omega-3 is very important for this. Most nuts and seeds are very rich in these unsaturated fats. Omega-3 is not only important because of its fat-burning and anabolic properties, but also has great benefits in the fight against cardiovascular disease and this fat has an anti-inflammatory effect, allowing you to recover better after exercise.

  1. It is also important to mention that you should eat the nuts raw as much as possible. Of course you can vary by roasting, roasting, deep-frying and / or roasting the nuts. Perhaps very tasty, but keep in mind that after heating at more than 40 degrees, a large part of the good nutrients are lost. Delicious raw food is simply the best advice I can give you!

  2. It is also important to mention that you should eat the nuts raw as much as possible. Of course you can vary by roasting, roasting, deep-frying and / or roasting the nuts. Maybe very tasty, but keep in mind that after heating at more than 40 degrees, a large part of the good nutrients are lost. Delicious raw food is simply the best advice I can give you!

  1. All in all, we can say that by eating the right nuts, you get a lot for your money. And they are tasty too!

  1. Botanically speaking, the walnut is not a nut at all, but a drupe. The walnut, as we normally eat it, is protected by a dual shell. And during the growth of the walnut, on the tree, this whole is protected by a tough, green shell that only bursts open when the walnut is ripe.

  1. There has been a lot of research into the nutritional value and effect of walnuts, and the same facts keep popping up: Walnuts are a serious part of a healthy and varied diet. Due to this tasty nut, the risk of cardiovascular disease is considerably lower because the blood vessels become more flexible, thanks to the walnut. The lowering of cholesterol is also an important effect. There has even been a recent study in America, which showed conclusively that walnuts help in the fight against dementia. Walnuts also contain a lot of antioxidants that help against free radicals. And the Omega-3 fatty acids (healthy fats) fight anxiety and depression.

  1. Walnuts also contain, in addition to the previously mentioned nutrients, also phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, potassium, iron, vitamin B1, folic acid and gamma-tocopherol. The latter is a kind of vitamin E.

  1. The almond is available in a sweet variety and a bitter variety, and grows as seed on the almond tree. The vast majority of almond production takes place in California. In addition, a relatively small part in Spain. The latter country in particular is responsible for the famous Valencia almonds and Jordan almonds.

  1. Bitter almonds contain the poisonous hydrocyanic acid. The more bitter they taste, the more hydrocyanic acid they contain. The sweet almonds are mostly used for consumption and for processing in products such as marzipan, almond paste and nougat.

  1. In terms of nutritional value, the almond is probably the topper of this whole list. Compared to the other nuts, almonds contain the most nutrients. It is a very rich source of calcium, vitamin C, phosphorus, magnesium and iron. The benefits of this may be obvious, but I just want to list them all:

  1. Almonds can also be of great use in skin and hair care.

  1. Pecans look a bit like the well-known walnut. The pecan grows on a tree that can reach a height of 40 to 50 meters. The nut is slightly elongated and grooved, just like the walnut. Oil is also extracted from the pecan nut. This oil is suitable for consumption, but is generally used in the cosmetics industry and for the manufacture of dyes and soaps.

  1. The pecan nut is native to South America, but in principle the trees can grow in any part of the world with a subtropical climate. The United States is the largest producer of the pecan nut. Annual production is between 150,000 and 200,000 tons.

  1. Pecans consist of 75% healthy fats and more than 10% proteins. The pecan is one of the fatest nuts in existence. Only the macadamia nuts contain more fats! In addition, the pecans contain no less than 19 vitamins and minerals, such as zinc, various variants of vitamin B, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, copper, magnesium, calcium, folic acid, vitamin E and vitamin A. Research has shown that eating pecans regularly lowers blood cholesterol.

  1. The hazelnuts as we know them come from commercially grown hazel trees. These trees have been manipulated to produce large nuts, with relatively few membranes. The taste of these hazelnuts is a bit bland. In general, the wild hazelnuts, ie from the non-manipulated hazel, are better appreciated for their taste.

  1. The worldwide production of hazelnuts is about 2.5 million tons, a yield from 844,000 hectares of land. The largest producer is China with more than 1 million tons per year, followed by America with an annual production of more than 450,000 tons. The number three in the ranking is Turkey with almost 180,000 tons per year. The latter country is also the country of origin.

  1. Hazelnuts contain many vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E. Vitamin E is a very strong antioxidant, which can play an important role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and the negative effects of free radicals. A handful of hazelnuts, about 25 grams, already contains half the daily recommended amount of vitamin E. In addition, hazelnuts contain many other substances such as proteins, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, folic acid and vitamin B1.

  1. The Brazil nut, also called the Brazilian nut, grows on a tree that is 45 to 55 meters high. The trunk can reach a diameter of no less than 2 meters. These trees are mainly found in the Amazon region of Brazil. In the period from November to March, the hard, cone-shaped shells fall from the trees. These shells look a bit like coconuts. These ripe shells contain 10 to 12 seeds, which we know better as Brazil nuts in the shell. Brazil nuts can also be found in Paraguay, Bolivia, Venezuela and Peru.

  1. Thanks to the rich soil of the Amazon region, in combination with the many hours of sunshine, the Brazil nuts contain a large amount of selenium. Selenium, like vitamin E, is an important and very strong antioxidant. With a handful of Brazil nuts, you already have 5 x the daily required amount. Brazil nuts are also very rich in phosphorus, very important for the formation and maintenance of your teeth and bones.

  1. The macadamia nut was first discovered by Dr. John Macadam, an adventurer who discovered the tree in the year 1857 on the east coast of Australia. The high demand for macadamia nuts made it a very expensive and exclusive product. Africa, Costa Rica and Guatemala also started producing these nuts, attracted by the high price. But due to a turnaround in supply and demand, the price has now fallen considerably. This does not alter the fact that this nut is still one of the more expensive notes in this list.

  1. As noted earlier, it is the macadamia nut that contains the highest content of unsaturated (healthy!) Fatty acids. These fatty acids lower cholesterol in the blood and thus help to fight cardiovascular disease. The macadamia nut also contains a lot of potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, vitamin B1, copper, zinc and iron.

  1. To take full advantage of the high nutritional value of the macadamia nut, it is important to eat it as fresh as possible. If the nuts are left for too long, the nutritional value decreases dramatically. Just a word of warning: If you want to crack macadamia nuts yourself: This is very difficult! So preferably buy the bare nut, even if it may be a bit more expensive.

  1. Pistachios grow in clusters on a bush, similar to the way grapes grow. The pistachio nut comes in a hard shell, which bursts when the nut is ripe. The origin of the pistachio nut is not entirely clear, but today the largest production comes mainly from the United States, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Iran, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

  1. Pistachios contain relatively few calories, and are therefore very suitable for those who want to lose weight. On the other hand, the nut contains a lot of phosphorus which, together with calcium, ensures strong bones and teeth.

  1. This also has a positive influence on various enzyme processes in your body and on the metabolism in general. Pistachios also contain a lot of vitamin B1, magnesium, iron, calcium and zinc.

Now what?

  1. These 7 types of nuts are very healthy with a specific application for each note. This of course does not mean that you can eat unlimited nuts, because a varied diet is of course necessary. But nuts can be an important part of that.

  1. Due to the extremely concentrated and rich amount of nutrients in nuts, nuts can also be used as meat substitutes.

  1. What are your favorite nuts? Let me know!



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