Feel Like a Nut? Nuts are Good for
A nut is actually the meat in the seed of certain plants
– the egg of a tree, so to speak. They’re filled with
proteins, oils, vitamins, and minerals the baby tree
will need to grow – and all these substances are also
very healthful for humans as well, when eaten in
Raw, unshelled nuts are your best nutritional choice.
The oils in them are fresh due to the natural protection
of the outer shell, and since you’re cracking open the
shell, you’re working for your food, slowing you down
and encouraging you to exercise a little. This is great;
for the most part, we all eat too quickly, and we eat
the foods highest in fats and calories fastest. When you
eat nuts in combination with naturally dried fruit
(without sulfur or other preservatives), it digests most
easily, giving you a quick and healthy energy boost.
Don’t overdo nuts, though. They are concentrated protein
and fat, and even though they’re healthy, too much of
anything is not good. But they’re a far better choice of
snack food than chips, candy bars, or cookies. Besides
their healthful qualities, they’re filling and
satisfying, take longer to digest than many foods, and
the high fat content depresses your hunger for a
significant amount of time after eating them.
Roasted nuts, though they smell and taste delicious, are
also generally coated with salt and MSG; and the oils
have been changed to compounds that are less healthful
and may even cause cancer.
Unshelled raw nuts should be stored in the refrigerator.
Nut butters from the store, even those from health food
stores, are not healthy because they’ve been roasted and
exposed to light and heat for long enough to transform
the fats. Instead of buying it prepared, make your own
fresh every day.