It’s common knowledge, that nuts are a healthy, nutritious and delicious food choice and should not be absent from our diet.
Several studies have been conducted on their nutritional value and prove that they are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, proteins, vitamins, fibre and trace elements. For this reason, experts suggest the consumption of nuts daily in moderation and mainly raw & unsalted.
Another study concludes that people who eat nuts at least five times a week are 27% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
Αlmonds are rich in calcium and phytosterols.
Pinenuts are just as rich in minerals and trace elements and are beneficial food for the cardiovascular system.
An important source of monounsaturated fatty acids & proteins is pistachios & hazelnuts.
B-complex vitamins are involved in our metabolism & normal functioning of the nervous system. Folic acid B9 reduces the levels of homocysteine in the blood (increased levels are a risk for heart disease). Almonds, peanuts and pecans are considered good sources.
Vitamin E has antioxidant activity. Protects the body from the effects of free radicals, protects against cardiovascular disease and possibly some forms of cancer. It also has an anti-ageing action. You will find it in almonds, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, pistachios and peanuts.
Iron is the component that carries and stores valuable oxygen in the tissues. Lack of it causes weakness, fatigue, while in children & adolescents it is associated with reduced mental function, performance and lack of concentration. Peanuts, almonds & walnuts are good sources.
Magnesium is involved in enzyme systems, maintains normal blood pressure, helps the nervous system function properly and relaxes the muscular system. Hazelnuts, almonds, pinenuts and cashews are rich in magnesium.
Selenium is the trace element, which thanks to its important antioxidant action protects against cancer. With the lack of it, our body is vulnerable to the harmful effects of free radicals. Brazil, peanuts, sunflower seeds and macadamia are rich in selenium.
Finally, all dried fruits retain much of their vitamins helping our digestive and cardiovascular systems.
We warmly thank Mr Fagogenis (Nutritionist – Dietitian) for the valuable advice.