The trick is to eat small quantities of nuts in their more natural state – this means without salt or sugar – and preparing them properly.
5 Benefits of Nuts and Seeds:
1. Best plant sources of protein.
The American Cancer Association is recommending a plant-based diet for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer.
An ounce of nuts provides 6 g of protein on average.
2. Filled with heart healthy fat. They contain healthful mono- and polyunsaturated fats which are essential in managing inflammation and maintaining the normal structure of every body cell. People who consumed nuts five times a week had a 35 percent reduction in heart disease risk according to a British Medical Journal study in 1998.
3. High energy foods. They are filled with lots of calories; for example 1 ounce of almonds contain about 165 calories; 1 ounce of brazil nuts contain about 190 calories.
So do not eat too many or you will gain weight.
4. Powerful minerals. They contain many minerals such as magnesium, zinc, calcium and phosphorus needed for bone development, immunity and energy production.
In a study of almost 400 men (age from 45-92) published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition they found a correlation between low dietary intake of zinc, low blood levels of the trace mineral and osteoporosis at the hip and spine.
5. Needed vitamins. They are great sources of B Vitamins and Vitamin E.