If you're already on a whole foods plant based diet or belong in my private Facebook support group, you're most probably taking nuts and seeds regularly. Whether it's in your salad, sandwich, oatmeal, is eaten raw, dry-roasted, grounded and added to smoothies or in any food literally, nuts and seeds are a vital part of a balanced diet. The benefits of eating nuts and seeds everyday are numerous so keep reading!
They are high in protein and help you reach your recommended daily dose of protein meaning you can safely get enough protein into your body without consuming animal meat.
Are Nuts and Seeds a better protein substitute for Meat?
Animal meat, nuts and seeds are high-calorie and fatty foods but there's a huge difference in the type of fats they contain. Animal meat contains saturated fats which is harmful to the body as it causes lots of cholesterol buildup in your blood vessels. It increases your bad cholesterol leaving you with a poor cardiovascular system vulnerable to heart disease, stroke and weight gain.
On the other hand, nuts and seeds contain unsaturated fats which are very beneficial as they help to lower blood cholesterol, increase brain alertness, nourish the body, reduce body inflammation and improve heart health.
For example; walnuts and flax seeds contain alpha-linoleic acid, a kind of omega-3 fatty acid which boosts brain function, nourishes the blood cells and fights inflammation.
1 ounce of English Walnuts — 2.6 grams of omega-3 fatty acids.
1 tablespoon of flax seeds — 1.6 grams of fats
Unsaturated fats are very healthy and are divided into two categories:
In summary, even unsaturated fats need to be consumed in moderation as too much of it can result in weight gain.
It is recommended to aim at 30 grams of nuts per week according to the Australian Dietary Guidelines. This would equal to about:
2. 15 cashews
3. 15 macadamias
4. 30 almonds
5. 15 pecans
6. 20 hazelnuts
7. A handful of peanuts
Protein: 5 grams Fat: 16 grams, including 9 grams of monounsaturated fat Carbs: 6 grams Fiber: 3 grams Vitamin E: 12% of the recommended daily intake. Magnesium: 16% of the RDI Phosphorus: 13% of the RDI Copper: 23% of the RDI Manganese: 26% of the RDI Selenium: 56% of the RDI
Examples of Nuts & seeds with the most protein
Do nuts and seeds help in weight loss?
Nuts and seeds have been associated with loss of fats in the abdominal region as well as general body weight loss. Also, due to the protein, fats and fiber present in nuts and seeds, hunger is suppressed and food intake is lower meaning that there's lower calorie intake which would lead to weight loss
Good source of fiber & Reduction in blood sugar level
The digestive system needs fiber to promote bowel movements while adding bulk to stool. Fiber also slows down the digestion rate in the body allowing a slow increase in blood sugar which leaves you feeling very energized after you eat. This is very helpful for those trying to stabilize their blood sugar level.Nuts and seeds are a really good source of dietary fiber.
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