To celebrate National Almond Day, we’re taking a closer look at nuts and seeds, and why they’re good for us! Why seeds as well? Well, although most of us think of almonds as nuts, they’re actually seeds from the almond tree! The same goes for a lot of other common ‘nuts’ like walnuts, cashews and peanuts. So really, this article should just be called ‘The Benefits of Seeds’! But, to avoid confusion, I’m going to stick to calling them nuts for the rest of the article.
Whilst all nuts are really nutritious, each kind offers a different mix of vitamins and minerals. So, below you’ll find the benefits of four of our favourite nuts that we use in our muesli!
Great for: diabetes, anyone dairy-free and the skin
Almonds are packed with magnesium, which the body uses in almost all its processes. So almonds can play an important role in regulating your body’s processes. Also, for people with type 2 diabetes, increasing magnesium-levels may help to lower and regulate blood sugar levels.
Almonds also have a lot of calcium in them. This is great for anyone who’s dairy-free! Calcium is really important for bone growth and repair so almonds could be a great addition to women’s diets in particular, as they’re more at risk of osteoporosis.
Almonds are a really great natural source of vitamin E, which is an antioxidant, protecting your cells from damage. It’s also great for your skin, as it helps protect it from damage!
Great for: non-fish eaters and lowering cholesterol
Walnuts are really rich in omega 3. Omega 3 is essential for good body and brain function. We’re usually told to eat fish to get omega 3, but if you’re vegetarian, or just don’t like fish, walnuts are a great substitute!
Walnuts have a lot of monounsaturated fats in them. These are the ‘good’ fats, which can help to lower your cholesterol levels, reducing your risk of heart disease.
Walnuts are thought to have one of the highest antioxidant-levels of any nut. So, stock up on your walnuts to protect your cells from damage!
Great for: Vegetarians and diabetics
Cashews are high in protein so if you have a meat-free diet, they can be a really tasty way of getting protein into your diet.
Iron and Zinc
Cashews’ high levels of iron and zinc make them the perfect addition to a vegetarian diet, as it’s often hard to meet the recommended amounts without meat.
Similarly to almonds, Cashews are a great source of magnesium. This makes them great for diabetics, as the high magnesium levels of will help to lower and regulate blood sugar levels.
Great for: Vegetarians and pregnancy
Peanuts are a really rich source of protein, which we need to build and repair body tissues. So, like, cashews, peanuts are a great addition to meat-free diets.
Packed full of vitamins and minerals, peanuts are really nutrient dense. Peanuts antioxidant properties will help protect cells from damage.
As a rich source of Biotin, peanuts are a great way to get it into your diet. Biotin is a type of vitamin that’s used in loads of the body’s processes. It’s thought to be beneficial for pregnant women to prevent birth defects. However, if you’re pregnant and worried about allergies, always check with your doctor first!
Happy Almond Day!
Nuts are some of the most nutrient-dense foods you can find! They’re make great additions to your meals and are the perfect easy snack! Give them a try and gain the nutritional benefits!