‘IF CHILL HAS COME, CAN NUTS BE FAR BEHIND.ENRICH YOUR DAILY DIET WITH NUTS -DR.CHOPRA
As a child I was quite tempted to nuts although they were too expensive to be purchased by my parents for me. NUTS are delicious enough to make anyone’s mouth water and hence eaten slowly, savouring every bite to nurse one’s health.
NUTS make an easy and healthy snack option, relished more in winter than in dry,hot and humid weather. Since time immemorial they have been a part and parcel of human diet ,especially of elite and royal.
They are tiny edibles packed with energy, vitamins ,minerals,antioxidants,fibres,proteins and most of the times healthy fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated).A nut is basically a fruit having an edible seed (kernel) encased in an inedible hard shell.Every mom’s kitchen has a variety of seeds called as nuts.Peanuts,Walnuts,Almonds and Hazel nuts are known for their nutritive values.
PEANUTS (Arachis hypogaea) have been rightly labelled as ‘POOR MAN’S NUTS’.They are cheap,delectable and highly nutritious as are rich in Vitamin B 3,protein,fats,mineral and fibres.Because of amino acids PEANUT FLOUR is a good promoter of growth and reproduction.PEANUT OIL competes with Olive oil in usefulness.It has 49% monounsaturated and 33% unsaturated fatty acids which not only help in diminishing BAD CHOLESTEROL(LDL) but also slowing down surge in blood sugar levels in our body.One can happily label them as the ALMONDS OF THE IMPOVERISHED.
WALNUT (Juglans regia) kernels with equal quantity of presoaked currants taken at dawn act as a tonic for one and all.They are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids apart from the routine nutrients found in most of the nuts and go a long way in fighting the oxidative damage done to our body due to bad cholesterol (LDL).They are globally appreciated for their aphrodisiac properties and are known for decreasing inflammation,promoting a healthy gut,reducing risk of getting cancerous diseases,controlling body weight,managing Type 2 Diabetes,lowering B.P ,decreasing cholesterol and slowing the process of ageing.Calling walnuts only a nutritious food,is indeed a bit of understatement.
HAZELNUT(Corylus avellana) trees are natives of North America and their cultivation in our country is in a primitive stage.Seedling trees are found in some districts of H P.They are a rich source of vitamin E , manganese ,copper and have a high content of Omega 6 and Omega 9 fatty acids.They support healthy bowel movements and known for controlling waistline.They lower bad cholesterol,improve insulin sensitivity and promote a healthy heart.
ALMONDS (Prunus amygdalus) need no introduction being the KING OF NUTS , they are an excellent source of calories,polyunsaturated fatty acids,potassium,magnesium,iron and phosphorus .It is no exaggeration that few almonds(5 to 10 presoaked and peeled kernels) a day,keep the doctor away.They make the best tonic for the brain and enhance our memory.Almond oil is known for its benefits and potency.Not only they retard the ageing process but also enhance longevity.They check constipation,restore the glow of skin and reduce phlegm in the body.They also help the patients of Bronchitis and Asthma.
In a nutshell inclusion of few assorted nuts daily in your diet won’t make you nutty rather leave you rejuvenated,healthy and prudent.THEY NOT ONLY MAKE LIP-SMACKING RECIPES,ADD TO AROMA,BUT ALSO FORTIFY FOOD VALUE OF MANY DISHES.
Dr.Sunil Chopra,Ludhiana-Punjab.India 9815574644
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