The Metabolism Program

In a nutshell: Nuts are healthy satiators

Small but big in effect

Basically, all nuts contain precious nutrients. Regular consumption of small amounts has a positive effect on the cardiovascular system and bowels, stabilises blood sugar levels and reduces cholesterol levels. High levels of magnesium and B vitamins support brain activity and concentration. Tryptophan in nuts is essential building block for the body to produce serotonin, the happy hormone. The guarantee for a good mood! Walnuts contain high amounts of vitamin E and omega 3 fatty acids. Walnuts and almonds are particulary useful in the prevention of arteriosclerosis.

Nuts are figure friendly

100 grams of nuts contain 600 calories, of which 80% of that is fat. People try to avoid nuts because nut are reputed to be fattening. This concern is unfounded when eating nuts in small amounts. These healthy seeds are a good example that not every gram of fat will end up on your hips. The high energy density of nuts will satiate you for a long time. If you chew them thoroughly, the feeling of being satiated is stronger because more appetite inhibiting hormones are produced, thus decreasing hunger attacks.

Real nuts

Real nuts are nuts with a very hard shell (woody) and contain a single seed. This is the case with hazelnuts, walnuts and macadamia nuts. Pecans, pistachios and almonds count as stonefruit and are related to peaches in the botanical context. Cashews are seeds of the South American cashew tree (caju). Peanuts are considered legumes like peas or lentils. A general term for all edible nuts and seeds is "dry fruit".

Fresh nuts are worth it

Nuts are vulnerable to spoilage and mold easily because of their high fat content. Moldy nuts do not smell or taste good and should be avoided. Our sensitive sense of smell and taste will prevent us from consuming larger amounts. Unsalted and unroasted nuts are a much healthier choice because the fatty acids and other ingredients are more effective.

Autor: Maren Poggendorf
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