Nuts are full of flavour and healthy nutrients. They are gluten free, and can help reduce the risks of many diseases. Tree nuts are especially good and as winter approaches, nuts come into their own.
Harvard School of Public Health published its study on nuts and heart disease in 1998 and their have been several reputable studies which seem to show that consumption of nuts reduces the risk of coronary diseases in both men and women. The USFDA (US Food and Drug Administration) said in 2003, “Scientific evidence suggests, but doesn’t prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts probably reduce the risk of heart disease.” They approved seven types of nut, including the most commonly eaten; almonds, pecans, almonds and pistachios. However other nuts are also healthy as are sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and flax seeds. Brazil nuts contain quantities of selenium, and eating just one or two a day provides the body with its daily recommended dose of this mineral which is rare in our diets.
Generally nuts have antioxidant properties which help combat the free radicals in our body that cause damage to cells and may make them cancerous. They also contain vitamin E which is good for a healthy skin and eyesight.
Walnuts are probably the healthiest nuts you can eat, but most of the healthy phytonutrients are in the skin, which is bitter and often removed. It is best to keep the skin on when eating these nuts. They are unique in that they contain a rare flavonol, morin and the tannin tellimagrandin along with quinone juglans, These phytonutrients have anti-oxidant properties as well as antioxidant ones and it is believed that they can reduce the risk of certain cancers and stroke.
You should eat 1 to 2 ounces of unsalted nuts a day to get the most health benefits. They are high in calories but you can use home made nut butter on toast instead of commercially produced nut butter, and cut down on foods that are high in saturated fats to make way for the healthier nuts, which contain Omega-3 fatty acid which is sadly lacking in most Western diets. This can reduce “bad” cholesterol levels and promote good health.
To make walnut butter, you may wish to combine it with grated cinnamon, which will reduce the slightly bitter flavour. Take 200 grams of nuts and grind them finely or use a blender to crush them, then add enough water to make a creamy drink. You can add sea salt or honey for a sweetener, but not necessary. If you are using the raw nuts, you can crush them by hand or use a small hammer to crush them. You may then add any combination of these things to suit your taste.
This is made from the flesh of the coconut, which is pressed and ground into a paste. It is then made into bars or strands and deep fried. These are sold as a light pink or white colour, not fried in oil. They are used in curries and salads or to accompany other dishes. They are also used to make coconut milk, which is used in curries, desserts and other dishes.
This is made from the sesame seeds, which have been dry roasted. They are then finely ground and mixed with water, sunflower oil, palm oil, groundnut oil and soya oil. The fibres are then left at room temperature for 4 hours until they convert to a creamy substance. This can then be flowing as butter, which is very nice spread on toast or eaten straight off the bowl with a dip. It has a subtle nutty flavour.
It is also made from the dry roasted almonds, which are first pressed, then ground into a paste. It isheat treated to remove water content, refined to remove fats, deodorised and replenished with water. It is generallyreduced in fat and added to soft drinks and ice cream. It is also reduced in price when used in these products as compared to When made from Sesame Seeds, they are priced lower.
This is another product of nutty plant. Like so many other products, there are so many other names for this product one good way to know that it is the right one for you to use is by looking at the ingredients. There are several kinds of products in the market, and knowing the difference between the products registered with the USDA and the ones not is important in knowing which one is the best product to use. Avocado butter is made from unripe fruit of the avocado tree. First they are ground into a paste. The next step is to roast these seeds till they become a dark brown colour and then squeeze the paste through a filter to remove the seeds.