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Are you nuts about dieting- here is some raw nut news!

Are you nuts about dieting- here is some raw nut news!

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 […]

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Raw walnuts ~ see how beneficial they are!

Raw walnuts ~ see how beneficial they are!

Walnuts are unique among nuts, they contain the highest amount of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the plant-based omega-3 essential fatty acid required by the human body. Our bodies cannot make omega-3 fats, we must get them through food. Most, if not all of us lack sufficient amounts of this essential fatty acid. We need omega-3 fatty acids for numerous normal body functions, such as controlling blood clotting and building cell membranes in the brain. There have been numerous clinical studies thatsuggest […]

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Nuts: Little nuggets of health

Nuts: Little nuggets of health

Like a lot of foods, nuts can be used in so many ways. They are an ingredient in so many dishes. They mix so well with veggies and can add a distinct flavor to whatever it is that you are creating. With all the different style’s of food and preparations that span our globe nuts have always been an integral part of our ancestral diet. We have seen almonds in particular, and other nuts as well, being used and added to compliment side dishes, […]

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Are raw almonds the ‘king’ of nuts?

Are raw almonds the 'king' of nuts?

Well, That depends on who you ask. Almonds historically have been known as king for many reasons and here are just a few: Almonds are nutrient-dense and quality supply of dietary fibre, calcium and magnesium. They can help: Build muscle -Low in Carbs- Curbs your appetite–Lower cholesterol –Fight Cancer However, “Walnuts rank above peanuts, almonds, pecans, pistachios and other nuts,” said lead researcher Joe Vinson, PhD of the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania. “A handful of walnuts contains almost twice as […]

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Almonds, a smart snack that fights fat!

Almonds, a smart snack that fights fat!

A study was done to determine the effects of adding almonds to a low-calorie diet and how it effects body composition and metabolism during a weight reduction program. According to this study, as reported by Green Med Info: “[The] findings suggest that an almond-enriched [low-calorie diet] improves a preponderance of the abnormalities associated with the metabolic syndrome … Almond supplementation … is a novel alternative to self-selected complex carbohydrates and has a potential role in reducing the public health implications […]

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Pistachio’s profile just got a trimming~happy snacking!

Pistachio's profile just got a trimming~happy snacking!

At the Experimental Biology conference in Washington, D.C. this past April a study was presented that argued why pistachios may be the ideal snack for anyone looking to lose weight. One interesting fact the research uncovered was that not all of the nuts’ fat is absorbed by the body, making them lower in calories than was previously thought. This is big news because the findings work against the accepted notion that nuts are too calorie-dense and high in fat to […]

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Divine Chocolate ~ especially when you know what to look for!

Divine Chocolate ~ especially when you know what to look for!

Cacao or Cocoa With so many chocolate products out there, it can be confusing to your taste buds, plus you want to get the most health benefits from consuming this delicious product. Still, some people are still wondering what the difference is between cacao & cocoa. The difference between the two is the amount of processing involved. Cacao is from the raw chocolate bean, and it is higher in antioxidants and minerals. You may have heard that cacao is a […]

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Almonds for healthy free headaches

Almonds for healthy free headaches

Headaches seem to be a common human condition. Some of us get them more frequently and more intensely. We also find relief in different ways. Some hit the meds, and some meditate or find other stress relieving techniques. How many people find relief in foods? So it was with much interest when we found out that almonds contain a natural pain-killing agent called salicin. Salicin is an anti-inflammatory agent that is produced from the Willow bark. This agent is also […]

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Snacking for success ~ how nuts & others foods reward you

Snacking for success ~ how nuts & others foods reward you

No – this is not a oxymoron. But how can this make sense, since snacking theoretically adds calories? Well, the truth is snacking can help or hurt a healthy diet. So what is a snacker to do? It all depends on what you snack on, how much and even when you snack (like not snacking before bedtime). So who can benefit from eating snacks.   Growing children with tiny appetites may not be able to fulfill their energy needs with […]

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Relax & go nuts at the same time

Relax & go nuts at the same time

Did you know that Almonds along with some other nuts and seeds- contains tryptophan. So what exactly is Tryptophan Tryptophan is an essential amino acid, meaning that the body can’t manufacture it. The body has to get tryptophan and other essential amino acids from food. Tryptophan helps the body produce the B-vitamin niacin which, ­in turn, helps the body produce serotonin, a chemical that acts as a calming agent in the brain and plays a key role in sleep. Pumpkin […]

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