Then I had one of those "aha" moments, so today's post is brought to you by nuts of all kinds.
A nut is a hard-shelled fruit of some plants. Did you know a nut was a fruit? According to Wikipedia, a wide variety of dried seeds and fruits are called nuts, but biologists only consider a a few of them to be true nuts. Nuts are a composite of the seed and the fruit, where the fruit does not open to release the seed.
Nuts are an important source of nutrients for both humans and wildlife, and recent studies have shown great benefits from eating nuts, especially walnuts and almonds, which can lower serum LDL cholesterol concentrations. The fat in nuts is unsaturated fat, so that is actually a good fat for people to consume.
Many nuts are also good sources of vitamins E and B2, and are rich in protein, folate, fiber, and essential minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and selenium. It is healthier to eat raw nuts because they lose the healthy oils in the roasting process.
Walnuts are the king of beneficial nuts. When eaten raw, walnuts can have as much as twice as many antioxidants as other nuts. No wonder my father lived so long and had no heart trouble. He ate lots of nuts all year long and always preferred them raw.
Do you eat a lot of nuts? What are your favorites?