It’s GREAT to Go NUTS!!
Hi, my name is Denise and, since I own my own nut butter company, it’s only fitting for me to tell you to GO NUTS!
Not just because nuts taste good, but also because they are so crazy good for you…. (UNLESS however you are allergic to peanuts or tree nuts, then sadly, they are anything but good for you).
So, I’d like to touch on a few nutritional facts and information to help you support your (if you’re anything like me) nut addiction.
Let’s talk about peanuts first. I, like many of you I’m sure, was raised on PB&J’s; and still, to this day, love a good PB&J sandwich (although my bread preference has change to a hardy dark pumpernickel with a thick spread of Classic PB, all natural PB with a touch of sea salt, and a good berry jam). Did you know that peanuts are not actually nuts at all? Peanuts grow in the ground putting them into the legume family along with green peas, soybeans, and lentils.
Peanuts have been known to be pushed aside for not being as heart healthy a “nut” as the almond and walnut. However research has proven peanuts to be every bit as heart healthy as
the more expensive nuts.
Peanuts help the body in lowering cholesterol levels. They can also help stop small blood clots from forming to aid in reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Peanuts are also second to almonds when it comes to protein content. Protein rich foods can help you feel full longer with fewer calories consumed. Along with being a low-glycemic food, won’t cause a blood sugar spike, peanuts are also a good source of fiber, helping to reduce inflammation throughout your body, Magnesium, Folate, Vitamin E, Copper and Arginine. These are just a few of the benefits of consuming peanuts, in whatever form you prefer.
When we look at tree nuts, almonds, walnuts, cashews, just to name a few, we see similar health benefits to peanuts. Tree nuts also aid the body in lowing LDL ( “bad”) cholesterol levels, improve the health lining of your arteries, lower the risk of developing blood clots which can lead to heart attacks and lower levels of inflammation throughout the body. Along with being packed with protein these nuts also contain unsaturated fats and Omega-3 fatty acids both of which are known as the good fats which help lower cholesterol, fiber, vitamin E, plant sterols, and L-arginine.
So basically any type of nut you choose to eat will give you the benefits you are looking for. Just remember as much as 80% of a nut is fat and while most of that fat is healthy nuts do contain a lot of calories. Like anything else consuming in moderation is key, a serving would be a small handful of nuts or a tablespoon or two of nut butter.