If you've been avoiding nuts because you believe that nuts make you fat, it's time to give them another look. After all, Dr. Sebi recommended a variety of nuts in his Nutritional Guide. So what are the health benefits of nuts?
- They Are Highly Nutritious. Besides their content of healthy fats, nuts contain plenty of minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, copper, manganese, and selenium. As you know, this is important since minerals help your body grow, develop, and stay healthy. The body uses minerals to perform many different functions - from building strong bones to transmitting nerve impulses. Some minerals are even used to make hormones or maintain a normal heartbeat. You can enjoy all these benefits in a tasty recipe such as Dr. Sebi's Baked Pears.
- They Are Loaded With Antioxidants. Antioxidants are substances that protect your cells against the effects of free radicals - molecules produced when your body breaks down food or is exposed to tobacco smoke and radiation. Nuts have a greater capacity to fight free radicals than fish - so there's another benefit of consuming a plant-based diet, such as the one advocated by Dr. Sebi. You can enjoy a quick snack - and fight free radicals - with these No-Bake Walnut Date Bars.
- They Aid In Weight Loss Or Weight Maintenance. Whether you're trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight range, nuts are your best ally. Loaded with fiber and healthy fats, they're highly satiating. Even though nuts are quite high in calories, your body doesn't absorb all of them, as a portion of fat stays trapped within the nut's fibrous wall during digestion. Try this "Key Lime Pie" Bars when you're in the mood for a dessert.
- TheyLower "Bad" Cholesterol and Triglycerides. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) carries cholesterol from your liver to the cells around your body where it's needed. But if the level of LDL in your blood is too high, it can form fatty deposits in your arteries. This increases your risk of heart disease and stroke, so LDL is often called 'bad' cholesterol. The good news is that nuts may help lower total and "bad" LDL cholesterol and triglycerides while boosting levels of "good" HDL cholesterol. These Raspberry Energy Balls are an easy, portable way to get an extra nut serving every day. You're gonna love'em!
- Nuts Reduce Inflammation. Inflammation is your body's way of defending itself from injury, bacteria, and other potentially harmful pathogens. However, chronic, long-term inflammation can cause damage to organs and increase disease risk. Nuts reduce inflammation, especially in people with diabetes, kidney disease, and other serious health conditions. Contrary to dairy milk, which actually promotes inflammation in the body, this Homemade Walnut Milk is actually healthy for you.