Nuts and seeds have an excellent taste and a high energy value. Nutritionists use the term “high energy value” when the food is nutrient dense. Based on the last researches raw nuts and seeds contain a significant amount of healthy fats, a moderate quantity of protein, carbohydrates, and fiber. They are also low in sodium.
All those benefits give them an important place in your diet.
Fresh nuts and seeds are rich in vitamin E and B vitamins and essential minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, selenium, copper, zinc, and iron. It is very surprising that a regular consumption of nuts reduces the risk of heart attacks and heart disease, in general. Also due to my researches I found that FDA allows some foods made with nuts to specify the claim: “Eating a diet that includes one ounce of nuts daily can reduce your risk of heart disease.”
Nuts and seeds also contain unsaturated fats that reduce the bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase the good cholesterol (HDL). The omega-3 fatty acids, also found in oily fish such as salmon, help with irregular heart rhythms and blood clots. However, it is also proved that eating a cup of nuts every day, in addition to your regular diet, can add around one pound per month or 12 pounds a year. That can increase the risk of heart disease. Also, some nuts and seeds are rich in arginine, the main ingredient for a cell to produce the herpes simplex virus the cause of cold sores. The nuts rich in arginine are peanuts, almonds, walnuts, and pecans and almost all seeds the flax, sesame, etc.
Fact is – nuts and seeds have a high nutrient value and are very healthy from some perspective, but can also harm you in some circumstances. So what do you choose? Do you rather stay away and don’t eat nuts and seeds or you’re going for it? You can add your ideas below.