Nuts are a nutritious source of fuel for our bodies and can reduce the risk of chronic disease! Each day we generally want to aim for a small handful of nuts. There are a variety of nuts, which can include:
What makes nuts so healthy?
- They contain fibre, which helps us feel full.
- They contain polyphenols (antioxidants), which fight cancer and inflammation in the body.
- They promote good gut health.
- They are a reasonable source of protein.
- They are high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat.
What do I need to consider?
- How many nuts am I consuming?
- ½ a cup of nuts equates to 2000kJs.
- Are my nuts salted?
- Salt can increase your blood pressure.
- Are my nuts coated in chocolate or yoghurt?
- Coated nuts increase your energy intake.
- Are my nuts old?
- Old nuts can trigger an inflammatory response.
How can I use nuts in cooking?
- Sprinkle nuts through a salad.
- Throw nuts through a stir fry.
- Snack on a small handful of nuts.
- Mix nuts through porridge.