Keep Your Diet Nutty
Over the past few months Disease Proof has posted numerous articles citing the benefits of eating raw nuts. Nuts protect against heart disease, provide a potent source of Vitamin E, and help to lower cholesterol.
Almonds Are In is dedicated to informing the public about almonds. The site boasts a lot of interesting facts about these "crunchy characters" and urges individuals to incorporate them into a healthy lifestyle. The site claims, "The tasty almond delivers not only flavor and texture to everything it's added to, but also more complete nutrition than you can imagine in just one handful."
One of the big knocks against nuts, including the almond, is high fat content. But that kind of fat is healthy. In his book Eat to Live, Dr. Fuhrman encourages consumption of nuts even for those trying to lose weight:
Nuts and seeds contain 150-200 calories per ounce. Eating a small amount—one ounce or less—each day, however, adds valuable nutrients and healthy unprocessed fats. Nuts and seeds are ideal in salad dressings, particularly when blended with an orange and spices or vegetable juice. Always eat nuts and seeds raw because the roasting process alters their beneficial fats. Commercially packaged nuts and seeds are often cooked in hydrogenated oils, adding trans fats and sodium to your diet, so these are absolutely off the list. If you find that you tire of eating nuts or seeds raw, try lightly toasting them at home—this does not deplete their beneficial properties and adds some variety for pleasure. Among the raw nuts and seeds you can add to your diet are almonds, cashews, walnuts, black walnuts, pecans, filberts, hickory nuts, macadamias, pignolis, pistachios, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and flaxseed.For other people (those who do not need to lose weight and athletes for instance) Dr. Fuhrman encourages eating even more nuts.