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What are the healthiest nuts?

In this video our Honestly Healthy Hero Laura Bond unveils the truth about nuts. We noticed there is quite a bit of confusion around the topic and we wanted to deliver to you an easy way to find out what are the healthiest nuts. Most importantly Laura will help you pick the type of nuts that are the most suitable for your needs. What's to be learned from this video:

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Women who eat nuts are slimmer than those who don’t. They also have a decreased risk of pancreatic cancer – according to a 30-year study from Harvard Medical School.

So what are the best nuts to eat? Here are three of my favourites:

*Almonds are naturally alkaline-forming and they’re a great choice for when you’re feeling stressed as the magnesium they contain helps to calm your nerves and replenish your energy stores. Plus, the zinc and vitamin E will give you glowing skin.  

*Cashews. Two handfuls of cashews is said to be the therapeutic equivalent of a prescription dose of Prozac, according to Dave Sommers from Food Matters. So if you’re feeling a bit down, go for these creamy satisfying nuts. Cashews contains the amino acid L-tryptophan which converts to serotonin in the body – a feel good chemical.

When you chew on cashews you also help banish the bacteria responsible for tooth decay and acne. And cashews are essential if you love raw desserts; Banoffee pie, blueberry ice cream, tiramisu can all be made with cashews. Dairy quickly becomes a distant memory when you taste these puddings.

*Walnuts look a bit like a brain and it’s a clue to their benefits. They’re great for boosting concentration and mental health thanks to the omega 3 fatty acids they contain. I love walnuts in salads – with roasted beetroot, rocket and avocado – they’re also great if you have trouble sleeping, since they contain melatonin to help regulate the sleep/wake cycles.

For more info also have a look at:

Bao, Y, et al. Nut consumption and risk of pancreatic cancer in women. British Journal of Cancer. Published online October 22, 1013. DOI:10.1038/BJC.2013.665

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