BOWELS, BONES, TEETH, CANCER, BRAIN, DIABETES AND WEIGHT
Nuts and seeds to help build strong bones and teeth: almonds due to their phosphorous content.
Nuts and seeds to help prevent constipation: flaxseed meal and almonds. The amount of fibre in 4 or 5 almonds is enough to keep your digestion and bowel movements regular.
Nuts and seeds to help to protect against various forms of cancer: Walnuts, Brazil nuts (lots of selenium), almonds, and flaxseeds.
Nuts and seeds to protect against cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s Disease: Walnuts – they look like a brain, and almonds (carnitine).
Protection against diabetes: To reduce the spike in blood sugar after meals: Almonds, chia seeds, and flaxseeds. If you are eating something sweet, eat a few nuts as well to reduce blood sugar spikes.
Weight loss and nuts: Although nuts are high in fat, frequent nut eaters are thinner on average than those who almost never consume nuts. (Data from the Nurses’ Health Study).
- Those who ate nuts at least two times per week were 31 percent less likely to gain weight than were those who never or seldom ate them in a study involving 8865 adults. (WHFood’s article on almonds).
- They are a healthier choice of snack than chips, cakes or sweets, and as they help maintain blood sugar balance, can help prevent sweets cravings.