We all love to have something in dessert after the main course. But instead of going for sugar-based sweetness, devour your taste buds into the healthiness and richness of nuts.
So, here is the list of nutritional nuts along with their benefits that you can have in your daily life.
The only tree nut native to North America, pecans were first cultivated by Native Americans. In fact, the word “pecan” is a Native American term meaning “all nuts requiring a stone to crack.”
Thank goodness we can now purchase pecans pre-shelled; inside that hard exterior lies a nut-rich in vitamin E, a natural antioxidant that can aid against heart disease.
Perhaps the most decadent of all nuts, cashews technically are not a nut at all. They’re the seeds of fruits grown on cashew trees.
But embraced as a nut worldwide, cashews are a top source of a better-for-you fat called monounsaturated fat, which can help lower total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol. And monounsaturated fats go further by helping to improve HDL (good) cholesterol.
Each little green nut peeking out from inside a pistachio shell is a fun and natural reminder that delicious foods also can be good for you.
Pistachios are known as a weight-wise nut because they’re one of the lowest-calorie, lowest-fat, highest-fibre nuts—and you get a large handful (49 nuts) in a 1-ounce serving.
The ancient Romans were the first to document the existence of walnuts, noting the nut was reserved only for royalty. They called walnuts Juglans regia, meaning “Jupiter’s royal acorn.”
Lucky for us, walnut trees made their way to every continent in the world, where they are now
widely cultivated. Unique among common nuts, walnuts contain the highest amount of omega-3 essential fatty acids and the lowest amount of carbohydrate—just 4 grams per 1⁄4 cup.
Ounce for ounce, almonds are one of the most nutrient-dense nuts. Among other tree nuts, they are the highest in protein, fibre, calcium, and vitamin E. One of the best ways to bring out the rich, deep flavour in almonds is to toast them in a skillet or oven.