Scrat (the crazy squirrel from Ice Age) was right to run behind a nut.
Nuts and seeds of various kinds are extremely important for various health benefits, and they taste amazing too. What more do we need than a tasty and healthy snack!
Nuts and seeds are good sources of proteins, fibers, healthy fats (not all fats are bad for your health, some are required), vitamins, and minerals. They help in regulating body weight and burn extra energy. Small quantities can be filling, which will help control your hunger. Peanuts contain lots of vitamin B, almonds are full of calcium and vitamin E, walnuts are rich in folate, vitamin E, and omega-3 fatty acids; and all nuts in general have magnesium. These micro and macronutrients protect our body from dangerous chronic inflammation and certain heart diseases.
A few nuts are- almonds, Brazilian nuts, cashew nuts, pistachios, pecan nuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, and pine nuts.
Seeds like pumpkin, sunflower, watermelon, poppy, sesame, chia, and flax seeds are rich in antioxidants, minerals like plant iron, zinc, potassium, and vitamins B1, B2, B3, & E; these nutrients play a very important role in the body like potassium keeps our body hydrated, vit E & zinc keep the immune system healthy and ready to fight against infections, and magnesium maintains normal muscle function, keeps the bond strong, and keeps heartbeat steady.
People say variety is the spice of life, but life is nothing without spice. So spice up your food with some healthy spices; these don’t only add taste to your food but also bring you varied health benefits! Let’s start with cinnamon, it is known to lower blood sugar, cholesterol, and fight inflammation, it is also one of the most versatile spices, use it anywhere in a dessert or even in your coffee and enhance your tastebuds. Turmeric, is the god of all spices, with healing properties turmeric has been used as a medicine since ancient times. It has strong anti-inflammatory properties and is known to reduce heart risks and improve brain function. Other spices include ginger and cayenne pepper, both known for being hot but aiding in burning fat and adding that zing to your dish.
These were the health benefits of nuts, seeds, and spices. Now that you are aware of the benefits start incorporating them into your diets but remember even though they are really good for you, never eat nuts or seeds more than a handful in a day.
Too much of something is harmful too.