Everyone loves nuts, Paleo dieters eat lots of them, but almost none of us know why we eat them so here are the most surprising facts about this wonderful snack.
The best Nut of All Brazil Nuts
Brazil nuts are high in fibre, magnesium and selenium which wards of prostate cancer. One ounce of brazil nuts provides more than 700% of the daily selenium our bodies need, which means only a few offers all the nutritional properties. In general, everyone takes it that Brazilian nuts come from Brazil, although it comes from the northern region of Bolivia.
Peanuts are legumes and not nuts, these are highly allergenic, and several people are extremely sensitive to them. During the last fifteen years, the number of humans allergic to peanuts have tripled, which indicates that the problem is now going away. The most toxic mycotoxin in peanuts are Aflatoxin B1 present in cooking oils and peanut butter, and this is the main reason why those full-on the Paleo lifestyle avoid peanuts completely.
The shells of cashew nuts are dangerous and even if you never thought of cashews as hazardous their shells contain urushiol. This toxic is the same as found in poison ivy and therefore all the cashew nuts available are steamed and processed.
What most finds hard to believe is the fact that pistachios are not nuts but fruits, these are a seed of a fruit, and during processing, the outer fruit gets removed. Pistachios are rich in carotenes and vitamin e and a great source of phytochemical substances. Due to their antioxidant richness, pistachios are green.
Almonds are a great way to balance gut bacteria that are beneficial, several studies have revealed that it offers lots of prebiotic properties. They a great option for anyone wishing to add some crunch to their diet.
Mostly referred to as the king of nuts, macadamia nuts have omega 3 and omega 6 great for inflammation fighting, while it also contains huge amounts of monounsaturated acids. With regular consumption of this delicious nut, you could expect lower cholesterol. Even though macadamias are great for human consumption, they are toxic to dogs and cause depression, vomiting and weakness.
Another treat seen as nuts, yet again this is a fruit that comes from cashew trees. Though several processes it eventually takes on the form of a nut although it is a fruit.
Worldwide 40% of all nuts are purchased by manufacturers of chocolate, and a quarter of a cup of almonds is equal to 180 calories, 15g of fat and 7g of protein. If your weight loss on Paleo plateaued the reason could the number of seeds and nuts consumed. When it comes to nuts and seeds the best for human consumptions, include pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, Chia seeds, pecans, almonds and cashews, the difficult part is to limit yourself to only a few a day, especially when you want to lose weight.