Why You Should Eat Pine Nuts?
You like eating nuts? They are yummy and good for health at the same time. This post aims at revealing the health benefits of pine nuts.
Before getting into ‘Why you should eat pine nuts?’, let me tell you ‘what are pine nuts?’ 😛 These nuts are the edible seeds that grow on the pine tree cones. They are loaded with nutrition and flavour. They make a pretty good accompaniment to your soups, pastas or salads. You can snack on them just like that too. They have a lot of health benefits to offer.
Pine nuts help in suppressing appetite
Sounds good for those who have a voracious appetite! Pine nuts have pinoleic acid in them. This fatty acid helps in weight loss by suppressing your appetite and reducing the absorption of food eaten by you. The nuts make your intestine produce hormones that tell your brain that you are no longer hungry and this will make you eat less. The absorption of food by the body is reduced considerably.
Pine nuts help in reducing the risk of heart disease
Just like other nuts, pine nuts help in warding off heart disease by offering you with healthy fats, plant compounds, fibre, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that are heart friendly. Studies say that people who eat nuts twice a week have a reduced risk of getting heart disease when compared to those people who don’t eat nuts. Pine nuts lower the levels of bad cholesterol an raise the levels of good cholesterol.
Pine nuts help in keeping you young
The human body produces free radicals when it breaks down food and when it is exposed to radiation or tobacco. These free radicals can harm your organs and can cause several diseases. They speed up your ageing process too. Pine nuts have lots of copper and vitamin E (a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant) that protect the body from the ill-effects of free radicals and keep you young!
Pine nuts improve vision
Pine nuts help in improving vision and preventing eye problems. They have vitamin A that is known to sharpen one’s vision. They also have lutein which helps in filtering out UV light, thus protecting the eyes from getting damaged by radiation.
Pine nuts provide energy
Pine nuts are a protein powerhouse and contain lots of magnesium too. Both protein and magnesium provide a lot of energy. Whenever you feel tired you can pop a few pine nuts and regain energy. It is easy to carry around too!
Pine nuts have a lot of nutrients
Pine nuts are calorie rich nuts. A 100 g of these nuts provide 673 calories. You may have to control portions. Otherwise, they have a lot of goodness to offer. They are rich in vitamin C that helps in boosting immunity and has a considerable amount of vitamin D that strengthens bones. They are rich in iron that is needed by the circulatory and nervous system. They are rich in the B-complex group of vitamins too. Pine nuts have essential minerals like potassium, calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc and manganese. When it comes to being the richest source of manganese, pine nuts top the chart.
Pine nuts are good for gluten sensitive people
Pine nuts are one among the gluten free tree nuts and hence are a very popular ingredient in gluten free food formulas. Such food formulas are a healthy food alternative for people who suffer from wheat/gluten sensitivity or have celiac disease.
Will you include pine nuts in your diet?
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