All nuts are basically seeds, but not all seeds need not be nuts. We do know that all seeds come from fruit which can be removed from the fruit, but nuts are those where both the seed and the fruit are together and cannot be separated.
Nuts are generally known to be large, dry, oily seeds/ fruits of plants consumed by both humans and wildlife for their nutrition value and culinary delight. As nuts usually have a high oil content, they are highly prized source of food for it's energy content. A large number of nuts consumed daily by humans in their diet are either eaten raw, cooked or roasted as a snack food.
One study found that people who eat nuts live two to three years longer than those who do not, as nuts have a balanced combination source of essential nutrition for all round health.

  • -Proteins for healthy growth of bones and muscles
  • -Minerals for maintaining vitality and repair of tissues
  • -Fats provide the body essential fatty acids vital for health
Apart from the nutritional benefits of nut consumption associated with favorable effects on cholesterol levels and reduction of risk in heart diseases, it is a great source of non-animal protein and also a rich source of micro-nutrients such as vitamin E and certain minerals including selenium for fight against cancer. Although the type of fat in nuts is a healthy one, people on calorie-restricted diet should be cautious where one is susceptible to allergies.

To know what's right for you, the body basics about following nuts is worth keeping in mind.
Ingredients - Contains magnesium, calcium, fibre, potassium, phosphorus and folic acid.
Benefits - Almonds help treat respiratory disorders, constipation, impotency and skin diseases. As it has the highest calcium and fibre content, it's known the king of nuts.

Ingredients - Is rich in calcium, iron, phosphorous, sodium, potassium, along with vitamin A, B and C.
Benefits - Walnuts help nourish the brain, strengthen bones and improve functioning of the intestines.

Ingredients - Has high concentration of fat & fatty acids, and is rich in protein, fibre, carbohydrate, sodium, calcium, iron, sugar, vitamin A and C.
Benefits - Pistachio taken in diet significantly reduces LDL in cholesterol levels and the antioxidant lutein helps prevent narrowing of the arteries.It also helps reduce the body's response to the stresses of everyday life.

Ingredients - Is an excellent source of iron, potassium, magnesium, vitamin A.
Benefits - Eating cashews helps in treatment of anemia, improves skin complexion and boosts the immunity system.

Ingredients - Has lots of protein, fibre, calcium, iron, sodium, potassium, vitamin A, B & C
Benefits - Peanuts provide a complete source of food protein, it also contains a nutrient called resveratrol which helps treat heart disease and improves immunity levels.

Though a fistful of nuts can change the way you look and feel, but too much can be overkill as nuts can be addictive. Once you start eating them, it's hard to stop and too much eating will end you up in weight gain.


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