Healthy Eating Includes Organic Nuts and Seeds
The Internet makes floods of information about any possible topic available, and it can be remarkably challenging to get a straight answer about almost anything. Perhaps nothing is made more complex by all of the websites, articles, and blogs on the web, than the subject of healthy eating.
After all, there are websites about diets and exercise programs of all kinds. Some tell you to go “paleo” and eat only foods that hunters and gatherers would have eaten, some tell you to count calories and burn off certain amounts through exercise, and the list goes on and on.
There are also many sites and books dedicated to diets that eliminate all sources of carbohydrates or to radically cut down on the amount of protein you consume. Those promoting such diets tend to write well (or hire great writers) and make solid points backed up by science. They might explain how one clinical study proved that a certain diet was able to help people drop weight very fast or to build muscle quickly, etc.
The relevant issue with any and all of these websites, books, and dietary recommendations, is the that they proclaim to be healthy while often discouraging truly simple and healthy habits and patterns.
For example, extremes in your daily diet can hardly be seen as sustainable over the long term, or as a form of healthy eating. When entire food groups are eliminated, it means you are removing macronutrients, vitamins, or minerals from your diet – and that is a recipe for disaster.
Macro and Micro – Why They Matter
The human body is a wonderful system that requires very specific materials if it is to function properly.
You have to drink water; eat a blend of fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and protein; keep an eye on your fiber intake, and so much more. However, the key to it all is to be sure that you eat a healthy diet.
This is one that contains certain nutrients in enormous quantities (in “macro” quantities). These macronutrients are fat, protein, and carbohydrate, and the body cannot produce them on its own, and must get them from dietary sources. The body must also get a lot of other nutrients, but needs them only in small quantities (“micro” quantities). These are the many vitamins and minerals we gain through truly healthy eating. Our bodies can produce some of these, but not often enough to keep the required levels.
So, when we talk about truly healthy eating, it has to be something that includes the widest range of options and the healthiest sources for them. It is only by eating a diversity of foods, and paying proper attention to their nutritional properties that we’ll be as healthy as humanly possible.
Luckily, there are some reliable and easy ways to get macronutrients, vitamins, and minerals – plus other beneficial materials – and all from in a single group of foods.
The Benefits of Organic Nuts and Seeds
What is that group of foods? It is nuts and seeds. They are tiny little powerhouses packed with some of the best nutrients possible. Though a lot of people wrinkle their noses over nuts or seeds because they think of them as snack foods, “bird food”, extras to be added to another dish, or even as “fattening” foods, they would all be making a mistake in judgment.
Yes, it is not healthy eating to fill your diet with snack foods, and certainly there are the “bad” fats to be worried about. However, none of these worries apply to organic nuts or seeds. They are not huge sources of saturated fats that are full of hazardous compounds such as cholesterol. Nor are they “empty” calories that cause you to gain weight without also gaining nutrients.
Instead, nuts and seeds are sources of dietary fats that qualify as healthy foods to eat. They are high in fiber and protein, full of vitamins and minerals, and considered some of the world’s “super foods”.
Cashews as an Example
Let’s use cashews as a fine example of everything we just pointed out above. A lot of people buy them purely to eat as a snack food, and this is why they may have a less than stellar reputation.
However, it is when people opt for oily and salted varieties that they get into trouble. When you read the food labels on these salty and fatty snacks, you see that they are not an ideal food source. However, when you find a good source for nuts, cashews will instantly begin to be a source of healthy eating. The key is to find them as close to their natural state as possible.
Family owned companies like ours, Caju Company, source our nuts from local Vietnamese farmers, providing buyers with a truly optimal taste. We then sort them by size and gently roast them with a small amount of natural sea salt. No oil, no high heat to destroy enzymes, and no harmful ingredients. Now, that’s healthy eating.
With 82% of their fat is unsaturated fatty acids (WHFoods), Cashews are heart healthy. They reduce triglycerides that can lead to heart disease, and they have zero cholesterol. They are full of enzymes, antioxidants, and protein – meaning they help fight a long list of common diseases and ailments. When you want a super food, cashews are a wise choice to add to the daily diet.
WHFoods. Cashews. WHFoods.com. 2014.