Melatonin, magnesium and selenium have all been linked with getting a better night’s sleep – and nuts contain all three! Melatonin: Nuts are a top source A review paper, which looked at the melatonin content of a large number of foods, found nuts have the highest melatonin content of all plant foods (1). And pistachios, … Continue reading Can nuts help me sleep?
Health Field: General health
Health Field: General health
January 2021. About this episode: The debate on whether you need to activate nuts has been around for a while. Supporters claim that activating (or soaking) nuts increases the availability of the nutrients in nuts by reducing phytate levels. Phytates have been referred to as nutrient ‘inhibitors’, as they can bind with certain nutrients and … Continue reading Episode 3 – Activating nuts
Clever ways to enjoy nuts – in cooking, snacking and even . . . Christmas decorating. December 2020. About this episode: We talk with dietitian Rebecca Gawthorne about why there’s so much to love about nuts and how you can incorporate them into just about anything – from morning smoothies, to nut butters, to fish … Continue reading Episode 2 – Creativity in the kitchen with dietitian Rebecca Gawthorne
Nuts and seeds – A rich source of plant protein Plant protein. How much protein in 100g?
A body of evidence tells us that eating patterns in which plants take centre stage are associated with lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease (CVD), hypertension, obesity, metabolic syndrome and all-cause mortality (1). Taking this a step further, research suggests a reduced risk of disease when protein comes from plants, such as … Continue reading Plant and nut protein and health
Of the common sources of plant protein that Australians eat – grains, legumes, nuts and soy – nuts generally have the highest plant protein content per 100g (1). For instance, almonds and pistachios have 20g plant protein per 100g, compared to tofu at 12g, chickpeas at 6g, and oats with 2-3g. Some seeds are also … Continue reading How do plant-based protein sources compare?
November 2020. About this episode: The trend towards plant-based eating shows no sign of abating. In fact, a recent review of trends found that 56 per cent of us across the globe are trying to eat more plant-based foods. Nuts for Life commissioned Nutrition Research Australia (NRAUS) to scope the published science on the effect … Continue reading Episode 1 – Plant protein
Eating a handful of nuts every day could save your life by slashing your risk of potentially-fatal conditions, like heart disease and cancer. An in-depth research review, which combined the findings of 20 good-quality studies, shows that people who ate 28g (a handful) of nuts a day had a 22 per cent reduced risk of … Continue reading A handful of nuts could save your life
Research suggests we may not actually absorb up to 30 per cent of the kilojoules in nuts. A series of studies, from the US Food and Drug Administration (USDA), looked at almonds, cashews, pistachios and walnuts, over a period of six years. The results suggest the average tree nut offers significantly less energy (or kilojoules) … Continue reading Are all kilojoules in nuts absorbed?
Considering switching to a plant-based diet? If you answered ‘yes’, you’re not alone. A 2019 report revealed that 42 per cent of Australians said they were eating less meat, or none at all (1). But where does that leave protein, a nutrient commonly linked with healthy muscles and weight control? And how can you make … Continue reading All you need to know about plant-based protein