Awww Nuts! They Are Gluten Free!

 

Want a snack that keeps well, travels well and satisfies?  Try a handful of nuts.

Nuts are naturally gluten free but beware!  Some canned nuts may contain wheat.  Always read your label.

What else do nuts contain? 

 

Almondsare rich in dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals as well as numerous health promoting phyto-chemicals.  They are also rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids like oleic and palmitoleic acids that help to lower LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increase HDL or “good cholesterol.”

They are an excellent source of vitamin E, B-complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates.

 

Brazil nuts are high in selenium. They are also a very good source of vitamin E, copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and zinc.

Cashews are packed with soluble dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals and numerous health-promoting phyto-chemicals that help protect from diseases and cancers.  They are also rich in oleic and palmitoleic acids, manganese, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper and selenium.  Not to mention pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), riboflavin, and thiamin (vitamin B-1).

Hazel Nuts are high in dietary fiber and folate as well as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), and minerals such as manganese, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, iron, zinc, and selenium.

Peanuts although they are really a legume, I thought they should be included her as well.  Peanuts are an excellent source of resveratrol (A polyphenol antioxidant, which has been found to have protective function against cancers, heart disease, degenerative nerve disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and viral/fungal infections.)  In addition, peanuts contain riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, folates, copper, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium.

Pistachios contain such things as carotenes, vitamin E, and polyphenolic antioxidant compounds, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, folates, copper, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium.

Walnuts are an excellent source of all important omega-3 essential fatty acids like linoleic acid, alpha linolenic acid (ALA) and arachidonic acids. They also contain Vitamin E, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B-6, folates, like manganese, copper, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium.

So have some nuts. Toss some in your cereal in the morning; take some with you in the car. (If you take public transportation – please don’t bring nuts) Put some in your lunch box. (If none of your co-workers/other students etc. are not allergic)

WARNINGS:

Some people have deadly allergies to nuts – Please take care to ask those you are in contact with if they are allergic.  Just having nuts in close proximity can kill them!

After eating your nuts, wash your hands thoroughly so that you do not contaminate door handles, elevator buttons etc. with nuts.

If you have been diagnosed with a nut allergy – do not eat nuts!

These warnings may sound ridiculous to you but to someone with a nut allergy, it is a matter of life and death – literally!

If you are trying to lose weight – go easy on the nuts.  They are fattening.

 

 

 

 

 

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