Nuts and seeds provide protein, so you will feel fuller longer, which makes them a perfect snack for athletes- as it keeps your energy levels elevated. They can be high in fat, but it’s mostly monounsaturated, a healthy kind of fat. Also, nuts and seeds, although calorie-dense, are great snack-options for dieters. This is because they satisfy the appetite and offer useful amounts of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber – all of which help to maintain an efficient metabolism and overall good health.
Maintaining a healthy weight is not simply about the amount of calories we take in and calories we burn. What is more important is what effect particular foods have on our metabolism and, generally speaking, a nutritionally-dense snack like a handful of nuts, which contains fiber, vitamins and minerals, is processed much more efficiently than, say, a bag of chips.
Remember, roasting can damage to nuts’ delicate fats. Most commercially roasted nuts will cause a breakdown of their fats and the production of free radicals. Go natural, go raw!