Five Reasons to Eat More Pine Nuts
Pine nuts aren't actually nuts, but in fact seeds from the pine cone. When pine cones fall from the tree they are cracked open... revealing the pine nut. These tiny titans are real powerhouses in the nutrition stakes. If you have a hard time justifying the cost of pine nuts (they can be a tad expensive), here are five reasons to eat more pine nuts.
Pine nuts are full of healthy monounsaturated fats, dietary fibres and antioxidants that do your body a whole lot of good. They’re also the nuts that have the highest amount of oleic acid, a healthy fat found in olive oil that reduces cholesterol and protects your arteries - essential for a healthy heart.
Just like carrots, pine nuts are also good for your vision and should be taken for healthy eyes. They contain lutein which has been found to protect your eyes and improve the central vision. Lutein found in pine nuts can also help prevent getting cataracts.
A popular reason people opt for pine nuts over other nuts is the essential fatty acid pinolenic that they contain. This acid is known for reducing appetite and hunger, resulting in efficient weight loss. It stimulates the intestines and sends signals to the brain to tell your body you're not hungry, and the result? No junk food in between meals!
There are many energy boosting nutrients found in pine nuts and when eaten regularly they should help you feel less tired during the day. These nuts are especially high in protein and contain plenty of monounsaturated fat and iron, which means pine nuts are brilliant or those on paleo, vegan and gluten free diets.
Even though pine nuts are small, they make up for their size in the amount of proteins, amino acids, vitamins and minerals they contain. They are great for cell and damage repair to our bodies and fighting off illnesses. Another major benefit is their high magnesium content; due to the fact we can’t produce this ourselves it is essential we get it from the right foods. Magnesium is a vital mineral for healthy muscles, nerves and brain - so start eating more pine nuts!
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