Many of us have heard of almonds, and we know hazelnuts all too well courtesy of Nutella. But did you know there is a whole host of additional nuts and seeds that you can integrate as part of a healthy diet?
Having a variety of nuts and seeds in your diet not only offers you a great plant-based source of protein and healthy fats, but each nut is also rich in different nutrients, and beneficial for specific parts of the body. For example, Brazil nuts are high in Selenium, pumpkin seeds a rich source of zinc, and walnuts are a wonder food when it comes to brain health. Mix things up a little and try adding some new nuts and seeds to your daily food selection.
As mentioned above, Brazil Nuts are more and more becoming recognized as one of the best sources of selenium. Selenium is a mineral, which is typically found in the soil, and then in turn is also found in the food that is grown in that soil. The degrading levels of soil, however, not to mention the amount of food grown outside its normal season and not left in the ground long enough to absorb nutrients, means the amount of selenium we are getting from the soil is decreasing. Selenium is critical for healthy thyroid function, DNA repair and stability, and protecting the body from free radical damage. This means that getting it from alternative sources such as nuts is also critical.
Hemp seeds, Hemp oil, and Hemp butter are becoming increasingly popular, and with good reason: They are an excellent source of Omega 3, protein, and essential fatty acids. Hemp is one of the best alternatives vegans can use in place of fish oil when it comes to managing fat intake. Enough healthy fats in the body is necessary for brain function and concentration, energy generation, digestion, skin health, and much more.
They say that the shape of the food matches what the food is good for, and n the case of walnuts, this is 100 percent true. After all, walnuts look like a little brain, and they are incredibly beneficial for brain health. From their fat content, which fuels the brain and helps nourish the brain cells, to their concentration of brain-friendly vitamins and minerals, grab a handful of walnuts to boost your brain power!
You may be surprised to learn that these tiny seeds you always see sprinkled over your sushi are actually very high in calcium. Delicious toasted or fresh, and even better when enjoyed as tahini, you can use these seeds to help ensure you get enough calcium on a vegan diet. Contrary to popular belief, dairy is not the best calcium source. Getting it through things such as sesame seeds, leafy greens, and broccoli is much more effective.
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