Nuts are tasty, convenient and are perfect in any sort of diet. As well as being high in Omega-3 EFAs, nuts are packed with other essential nutrition and have numerous health benefits, which is why they have come to be recognised as a superfood. The benefits of nuts in your diet are almost endless, but we have selected a few of our favourite nuts and we’ve outlined the exact benefits to each type below. ...
What nuts should I eat?
When it comes to what nuts you should eat to form a healthy diet, the answer is as many as you can! No, seriously - many studies have been conducted on the health benefits of nuts, and the results are conclusive. Studies have actually shown that people who eat nuts tend to live longer than those who don’t. What’s more, certain nuts have positive effects on weight loss, improve metabolism speed and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Learn more about the benefit that each type of nut brings when added to your diet.
One of the most popular nuts to add to sweet dishes and deserts are almonds. These tree nuts have been known to reduce the amount of bad cholesterol in the body which inhibits the functionality of the heart. While we are lacking conclusive evidence to this, almonds can help with weight loss and lower blood pressure in those who are overweight or obese. This is particularly beneficial for those with type 2 diabetes.
While more studies are needed to confirm some of these benefits to eating almonds, it is definitely worth sprinkling them on your favourite dessert.
Originating from the Amazon, Brazil nuts are rich with antioxidants which are known to help protect your body against chronic illnesses such as cancer and heart disease. The oxidation process in the body causes damage to cell membranes, cellular proteins and DNA. The process can be prevented with the help of antioxidants in nutrient-rich superfoods.
Similar to almonds, they may also reduce cholesterol levels and improve function of blood vessels in those who are overweight.
While not being known to have significant effects on body weight or blood sugar levels, there is evidence to cashews reducing blood pressure and increasing the amount of “good” cholesterol in the body.
One study discovered that a diet consisting of 20% cashew nuts saw improved blood pressure among those with metabolic syndrome. Study
Peanuts belong to the legume family, however, they have a similar nutrition profile to tree nuts such as cashews. It has been discovered that people who eat peanut butter every day of the week have a decreased chance of contracting type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, pregnant women who regularly intake peanuts as part of their diet will reduce the risk of their child being born with asthma or peanut allergies.
Try choosing plain, unsalted peanuts to add as part of your diet. The added salt is often detrimental to your health, you can buy unsalted peanuts here.
Eating walnuts as part of your diet may have beneficial effects on both your heart and brain. When it comes to the heart, walnuts have been known to reduce blood pressure, reduce total cholesterol as well as regulate the flow of blood through the circulatory system. They are also known to reduce the risk of heart disease, due to ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). This omega-3 fatty acid has amazing benefits on heart health and should be included in your everyday diet as much as possible.
Flavoured apricot kernels for snacking
These nutritious apricot kernels in handy snack-packs and sealable pouches. Apricot kernels are very similar to almonds in shape and texture and have a rich nutty flavour.
Healthy Supplies: The UK's Top Online Health Food Store
At healthy supplies, we stock a huge, varied and exciting selection of organic whole nuts, nut snacks and nut butters. High in protein, fibre and Omega-3s, whole nuts are perfect healthy snacks. Add to cereals, homemade muesli and snack mixes for extra crunch and a nutty flavour. Use our chopped nuts and nut powders for protein-rich cooking and baking. Our nut butters and spreads are organic, free of additives, and offer a healthy alternative to standard peanut butter.
We carry a wide range of bestselling nuts including almonds, cashew nuts, peanuts and walnuts. Our nuts are available in 250g, 500g and 1kg packs - so you can make massive savings when you buy in economy sized bulk.
Buy nuts online at Healthy Supplies. Our products are packaged in Sussex, England and we offer free UK delivery on all orders over £49. We also offer international delivery for our overseas customers.