Most people think that eating nuts and seeds are going to contribute to weight gain. It happens to be just the opposite. Consuming raw nuts and seeds actually help you lose weight and increase your lifespan. Tree nuts are high in healthy fats which our bodies need for optimal function. To optimize your health, weight, and longevity we need to shift our bodies from sugar-burning mode to fat-burning mode. In order to begin burning fat we need to swap non-vegetable carbs like sugar and processed grains to high quality healthful fats. Raw nuts are a great source of this type of fat. Roasted nuts and seeds minimally lower the nutritional value, but by soaking nuts and seeds first you actually increase the nutritional value.
Here are some reasons to add nuts and seeds to your diet:
*Nuts can help with weight control. Although high in calories, the high concentration of fiber and nutrients offset the calories consumed.
*Walnuts can lower cholesterol.
* Eating nuts 5 times per week: reduces heart disease, respiratory disease and cancer.
*Lowers blood pressure.
The healthier nuts are:
*Almonds: Rich in anti-oxidants.
*Walnuts: Great source of omega-3 fat, natural phytosterols which helps prevent prostate and breast cancer.
*Pecans: They contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals, which lower cholesterol and promotes healthy hearts.
*Brazil Nuts: An excellent source of organic selenium, a powerful antioxidant-boosting mineral that helps prevent cancer.
Here are a few videos to watch on the benefits:
Next week: Benefits of Seeds
Have a great week.