Nuts About Health

Here at Nutsack Foods we're nuts about nuts, but we're also nuts about health, which is cool, because nuts are a pretty healthy snack. So we created this blog to share interesting articles we find that have to do with nuts and health.

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Health Benefits of Pecans

Pecans

Did you know that eating a handful of pecan nuts daily provides much of the recommended levels of minerals, vitamins, and protein your body needs? It's true, and our Pecans are some of the best tasting nuts you'll ever put in your mouth, so you got that going for you too.

Here is a huge list of facts we stole from our roaster's website. Read up, then 'sackup', with a Pecan Nutsack.

  • Pecan nuts are rich source of energy, carry 690 calories/100 g and contain health benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for wellness.
  • Pecan nuts are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid and an excellent source of phenolic antioxidants. Regular addition of pecan nuts in the diet helps to decrease total as well asLDL or “bad cholesterol” and increases HDL or “good cholesterol” levels in the blood.
  • Pecan nuts are rich source of many phyto-chemical substances that may contribute to their overall antioxidant activity, including polyphenolic antioxidant ellagic acid, vitamin E, beta-carotene, lutein and zea-xanthin. Research studies have been suggestive of that these compounds help the body remove toxic oxygen-free radicals and thus, protect the body from diseases, cancers, as well as infections.
  • Anti-proliferative properties of ellagic acid is because of its ability to inhibit DNA binding of certain carcinogens such as nitrosamines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, thus, offering protection to human body from cancers.
  • Pecans are an excellent source of vitamin-E, especially rich in gamma-tocopherol; provide about 25 g per 100 g. Vitamin E is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant, required for maintaining the integrity of cell membrane of mucus membranes and skin by protecting it from harmful oxygen-free radicals.
  • Pecan nuts are very rich sources of several important B-complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates. Together, these vitamins work as co-factors for the enzyme metabolism inside the human body.
  • Pecan nuts are also rich source of minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium.

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Heart-Protective Monounsaturated Fats

Not only do cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts, approximately 82% of their fat is unsaturated fatty acids, plus about 66% of this unsaturated fatty acid content are heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, similar to those found in olive oil. Studies of diabetic patients show that monounsaturated fat, when added to a low-fat diet, can help to reduce high triglyceride levels. Triglycerides are a form in which fats are carried in the blood, and high triglyceride levels are associated with an increased risk for heart disease, so ensuring you have some monounsaturated fats in your diet by enjoying cashews is a good idea, especially for persons with diabetes.

Full article on The world's healthiest foods

Eating Nuts Lowers Risk of Weight Gain

Although nuts are known to provide a variety of cardio-protective benefits, many avoid them for fear of weight gain. A prospective study published in the journal Obesity shows such fears are groundless. In fact, people who eat nuts at least twice a week are much less likely to gain weight than those who almost never eat nuts.

Full article on whfoods.org

Nuts and your heart: Eating nuts for heart health

The type of nut you eat isn't that important, although some nuts have more heart-healthy nutrients and fats than do others. Walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts — you name it — almost every type of nut has a lot of nutrition packed into a tiny package. If you have heart disease, eating nuts instead of a less healthy snack can help you more easily follow a heart-healthy diet.

Full article on mayoclinic.org

Help your Memory with Manganese

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Mixed nuts provide a source of manganese, a brain-friendly mineral. Like copper, manganese helps you metabolize neurotransmitters. Specifically, it aids in the synthesis of glutamate, a neurotransmitter that plays a key role in memory formation. Low manganese levels are also linked to genetic epilepsy, according to the Linus Pauling Institute, although the role of manganese in seizures is not yet understood.

Consuming an ounce of mixed nuts boosts your manganese intake by 0.44 milligrams, providing 24 percent of the RDA for women and 19 percent for men, according to the Linus Pauling Institute.

Full article on healthyeating.sfgate.com

Nuts serve as "Brain Food"

Consuming nuts regularly lowers your risk of disease, including Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. Nuts provide dietary fiber to benefit your digestive tract, and eating nuts may aid in weight management. Nuts also serve as "brain food," because they provide essential nutrients you need for nervous system function.

Full article on healthyeating.sfgate.com

Healthy Nerves

Magnesium is the main content in cashew nuts, and is stored on the bone's surface. Magnesium prevents calcium from entering the nerve cells and thus keeps the blood vessels and muscles relaxed. Insufficient amount of magnesium can lead calcium to enter the blood vessels leading them to contract. It also leads to high blood pressure, migraine headache etc.

Full article on stylecraze.com

Cashews Prevent Cancer

Cashews

Proanthocyanidins and the high copper content in cashew nuts help fight against cancerous cells and keeps you away from colon cancer. This is one of the major cashew nut benefits.

Full article on stylecraze.com