In 2012 Prof Jordi Salas Salvado and Dr Emilio Ros, famed researchers from the PREDIMED Mediterranean diet study, visited Australia for the International Dietetics Congress. They were interviewed about the role of nuts in a healthy diet and in the PREDIMED study.
Health Field: General health
Health Field: General health
Prof Joan Sabate from Loma Linda University US visited Australia in March 2013 and Nuts for Life asked him a series of questions about the health benefits of nuts.
Here we take a look at some of the most common questions and answers about nuts and bust some of those myths. Should you avoid nuts if you’re trying to lose weight? No, you don’t need to avoid nuts if you’re trying to lose weight. Eating a handful of nuts (30g) each day can actually … Continue reading Common nut myths
Tree nuts are grown all over the world, and most types are grown here in Australia. Tree nuts have been grown in Australia for over 100 years, with productivity increasing. The only nuts that aren’t grown at all in Australia are Brazil nuts, as they need the rainforests of the Amazon to grow. Almonds Almonds … Continue reading Where are nuts grown?
All raw and roasted unsalted nuts usually score between 4 and 5 stars. Sometimes, due to the natural nutrient variations in fresh produce between seasons, the Health Star Rating may vary. Health Star Ratings were originally designed for processed and packaged foods, not for fresh produce which cannot be reformulated. Health Star Ratings are calculated … Continue reading What is the Health Star Rating (HSR) for nuts?
The tree nut family includes (but is not limited to) almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts. Tree nuts are different to peanuts as they are from a different family. As the name suggests, tree nuts grow on trees and are a hard-shelled fruit, whereas peanuts are a legume … Continue reading What are tree nuts?
No – all nuts are a vital part of a healthy diet and should be enjoyed every day. Whilst nuts differ slightly in the amount of nutrients they contain, all nuts are nutrient dense, rich in essential vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, protein, fibre and phytochemicals. So, just as we need a variety of fruits and … Continue reading Is one nut better than all the others?
Brazil nuts are one of the highest natural sources of selenium, with 100g containing 1917µg. The Recommended dietary intake (RDI) for selenium has been set at 70 µg for men and 60 µg for women, meaning just two brazil nuts will provide 100% of the RDI. However, an upper level of intake has been set … Continue reading If I eat too many Brazil nuts, will I get too much selenium?
Buying nuts For nuts in the shell: choose clean nuts free from cracks and holes. Nuts in their shell should be heavy for their size, indicating a fresh, solid kernel. For nut kernels: choose crisp, plump and solid kernels indicating high quality. Unless you plan to use kernels as a garnish, they do not need … Continue reading How do I buy and store nuts?
Like all tree nuts, Brazil nuts are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals beneficial to health. Regularly eating nuts has been shown to contribute to heart health, reduce overall mortality and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, assist with weight management, reduce the risk of cancer, improve sperm quality, reduce depression and overall … Continue reading Brazil Nuts