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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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Healthy oils in raw nuts ~ good news!

Healthy oils in raw nuts ~ good news!

Basically- there are 2 types of oil Saturated fats These fats are among the most common and the most harmful fats in our diet. They are derived from animal products such as meat, dairy and eggs. But they are also found in some plant-based sources such as coconut, palm and palm kernel oils. These fats are solid at room temperature. Diets high in this fat are associated with higher risks of heart disease, certain cancers and stroke and can raise […]

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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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Latest on the Almond Pasteurization Law

Latest on the Almond Pasteurization Law

Most people (not all) know that since 2007 all US almonds are pasteurized! Now, the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH)” has submitted an Amicus Curiae brief in support of the plantiffs  (an amicus curiae, Latin for “friend of the court,” is an outsider who provides information to assist the court in making its decision). Their brief will allow ANH-USA to raise issues that may not be brought up by the plaintiffs during regular trial proceedings. It will also let them […]

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Pistachi-uh-oh! Or ~ why you should buy organic nuts!

Pistachi-uh-oh! Or ~ why you should buy organic nuts!

Nuts are an excellent source of nutrition for everyone and is an important part of a raw food and vegetarian diet! As most of our customers, raw food and organic community know ~ we  at Living Nutz are strong advocates for organic farming & foods. With that said, many of us know which fruits & veggies we should buy organic and which ones are ok to buy with conventional methods. The same could be said with nuts and seeds. Because […]

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Almonds go on a diet~with calorie loss!

Almonds go on a diet~with calorie loss!

New research suggests that almonds have about 20% fewer calories than once thought. This study showed that a 1 ounce serving of almonds has 129 calories, not 160 calories as currently listed. A study conducted by scientists from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and released in the August issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) provides a new understanding of almonds’ calorie count. So, how can a food’s calorie count suddenly change when the composition of […]

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