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Coconut

Coconuts have had a bad rap in recent years. And unjustly so. Recent research shows this nostalgic “nut” (it’s really a seed) offers a myriad of health benefits, some of which may astound you. The coconut's powers range from boosting digestive health and immune function to stoking your body's fat-burning ability. Let's look at the four superfoods the coconut offers... Coconut "water" is the … [Read more...]

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Macadamia nuts

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Chia

Chia has made a comeback! Finally this tiny seed is getting the nutritional credit it deserves. Long prized by the Aztecs and known as the "running food" for the amazing energy it provides, chia is a complete protein, and is rich in omega-3 fatty acids as well as a soluble fiber called mucilage. … [Read more...]

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Pine Nuts

Pine nuts, also called Indian nut, piñon, pignoli and pignolia are a high-fat nut that comes from several varieties of pine tree. Pine Nuts: More Than Just Pesto Pine nuts are grown in China, Italy, Mexico, North Africa and the southwestern United States. Because pine nuts are found deep inside the pine cone, they require heat for extraction. There are two main varieties of pine nuts - the … [Read more...]

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Seeds

Seeds are generated by plants as a means to carry on their species and are therefore a condensed source of nutrients. Included in the seeds category are flaxseed, poppy seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds. Culinary Caution! Those with diverticular disease should not consume seeds or nuts. … [Read more...]

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Nuts

Scientists speculate nuts may have been around tens of millions of years ago when the continents were still fused- a landmass known as Pangea. We know this because nuts are native to both the Old World and New. Cultivated for 12,000 years, nuts are one of nature’s richest foods. Over 300 types of nuts exist, but those most commonly enjoyed include almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, … [Read more...]

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Brazil nuts

Brazil nuts are the meaty, high fat hard shelled “seeds” found in nearly 100 foot tall Brazil nut trees. About 10-20 “nuts” are found in each big fruit. A concentrated source of nutrients, a one ounce serving of Brazil nuts provides a hefty 767% of the RDI for the antioxidant mineral selenium. They are also an excellent source of magnesium and a good source of thaimin. Glycemic … [Read more...]

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Cashews

Cashews are the seeds of a tree that is native to Africa and South America, although most cashews are imported from India. You will notice that cashews are always sold shelled. This is because their shells contain a caustic oil. Cashews are an excellent source of magnesium, as well as a good source of protein, iron and zinc. Estimated Glycemic Load=0 Antioxidant Score (ORAC)=1,948 … [Read more...]

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Chestnuts

Chestnuts are best known for their appearance during the holidays in the United States, but are a more frequently enjoyed nut in Europe and Asia. There are many varieties of chestnuts, all of which can be prepared in a myriad of ways including roasted, boiled, pureed, preserved and candied. Estimated Glycemic Load: 7 … [Read more...]

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Hazelnuts

Hazelnuts were once relegated to the dessert table and classified as a "forbidden" food or an occasional snacking indulgence. Fortunately, new research shows hazelnuts are antioxidant powerhouses that should be a mainstay in your healthy diet. In fact, serving for serving, they top blueberries by more than 30% in their ability to neutralize age-promoting free radicals. Hazelnuts are a rich … [Read more...]

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