Nuts and seeds are the embryos of plants and various trees which contain all the genetic information and nutrients needed to grow a new plant. They are a natural and tasty snack food that gives you energy as well as good health.
Nuts are very healthy and nutritious. In addition to being excellent sources of protein, nuts and seeds have many other benefits such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other phytochemicals that act as antioxidants. They contain many minerals such as magnesium, zinc, calcium and phosphorus needed for bone development, immunity and energy production. Nuts and seeds are the richest source of vitamin E, which is needed to make red blood cells and muscle tissue. Most nuts and seeds are rich in potassium, niacin and B Vitamins. Almonds, pistachios, flax seed, pumpkin seed and sesame seeds are very high in iron. A cup of almonds, Brazil nuts, filberts, or pistachios, or an ounce of sesame seeds, contains as much calcium as a cup of milk. Continue reading