We have been told since our early years that there are different food groups, and we should try to eat from each
on a daily basis. I do agree with this statement, I just don’t agree with the normal recommendations. Our diets should be
centered around fruits and vegetables (raw whenever possible); I think everybody will agree with this. Unless you are a vegetarian,
I believe in eating all meats allowed in the Biblical food laws, found in Leviticus chapter 11 (make the effort to buy organic meats).
We should be drinking at least 6 glasses of fresh water every day, free of fluoride and chlorine. Vitamins, minerals and supplements
are a must to compensate for nutrient-depleted foods, along with the everyday pollutions and toxins we are subjected to. And there
are other foods we can be adding each day to support our overall good health, such as apple-cider vinegar, sprouts, chia seeds and nuts.
It is recommended that eating 1-2 oz. of nuts a day will give you the maximum amount of health benefits. As with most foods, purchase
organic nuts whenever possible, and enjoy them in their raw state. Most nuts are rich in nutrients, and while each type of nut has its own
benefits, in general they contain lots of protein and fiber. Due to their fiber content, nuts make you stay fuller, longer. A small
handful of nuts about a half-hour before mealtime will help to keep you from overeating. Eating less will result in losing weight.
Nuts do contain high levels of fat, but it is mostly unsaturated fat. Unsaturated fats are good for you. Eating foods high in
unsaturated fats reduces your risk for high cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes. In 1992, the Adventist Health Study conducted at
Loma Linda University concluded that people who ate nuts regularly were much less likely to have a heart attack in their lifetime.
Nuts have plenty of other good nutrition factors to consider as well. They are high in phytonutrients and antioxidants, such as vitamin
E and selenium. These antioxidants help eliminate the free radicals that take place in the aging process and, therefore, help you age at a
slower pace. Nuts are also a source of l-arginine, a substance that improves artery walls by making them more flexible and less prone
to blood clots. Also, nuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and they contain vitamin E, which may help stop the development of plaque in
To gain the maximum nutritional value from nuts, first soak them in fresh clean water for a minimum of 6 hours. Drain and dry them, and
store them in the fridge if not eating them right away. Soaking “wakes up” the sprouting process (some nuts will show signs of sprouting)
and helps to release their vitamin contents.
The two nuts that are always at the top of the healthiest lists are almonds and walnuts. Almonds are an excellent source of magnesium, one
of the six major minerals required by our bodies to function properly. (Calcium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium and chloride are the other
five) When we don’t take in adequate amounts of magnesium daily, our bodies will either remove magnesium from our bones, where it is
needed, or function in deficiency. Magnesium impacts nearly all systems of the body.
Almond butter is a good replacement for peanut butter, and almond milk is preferred by many over dairy milk. To make your own almond milk,
simply throw 2 or 3 generous handfuls of almonds into a blender half-full of water, add a couple of oversized tablespoons of raw honey, and
blend. You can strain the milk before drinking, or pour over your favourite cereal as is. Add raw cocoa for chocolate almond milk.
Walnuts are considered by many to be the ultimate brain food. Is it a coincidence that the walnut in appearance actually resembles the
brain? Loaded with nutrients, they are an excellent source of nourishment for your nervous system. Studies suggest that walnuts may
influence the human brain's serotonin levels. This means they may be able to relieve disorders commonly treated with antidepressant drugs,
such as insomnia, depression, overeating and other compulsive behaviours, without their dangerous side effects.
Pecans are a rich source of energy. They can be eaten crushed, ground or whole, and can be added to your soups, salads, appetizers and favourite
desserts to flavour. Vitamins A, B, C and E are present at high ratio in pecans, along with the minerals magnesium, zinc, potassium, manganese,
calcium, iron and selenium. The vitamin E in pecans is a powerful antioxidant that can protect your skin from harmful oxygen-free radicals.
Brazil nuts are particularly healthy due to their high selenium content, which makes them a complete protein source. (Selenium helps fight free
radicals and boosts the immune system. It is essential for thyroid gland function. Selenium also aids in protection against breast and
prostate cancer). These nuts contain all of the necessary amino acids for optimal growth in humans.
Cashews are rich in the mineral copper, which provides substance and flexibility in bones and joints. They are a rich source of magnesium and
fiber. Cashews are said to have the ability to starve tumors and stop cancer cells from dividing. They give support to the health of
your skin and hair. And data collected on 80,718 women from the Nurses' Health Study demonstrates that women who eat at least an ounce of
nuts each week, such as cashews, have a 25% lower risk of developing gallstones.
Like anything else, eat nuts in moderation. Many nuts come salted and can add extra sodium. You could end up cancelling out the
heart-healthy benefits of nuts if they're covered with chocolate, sugar or salt.
Nuts are obviously a good addition to a healthy diet. Rather than having a sugar-coated snack, reach for a handful of nuts instead.
You will feel fuller, and be much healthier too!