Nuts are great as bite sized snack that can be easily transported without risk of becoming spoiled. You can enjoy them by themselves, in organic store bought or homemade nut butters (Always buy organic or you may find that the nuts are ground with cheap poor quality oils) toasted and added to salads, roughly grounds and added to breakfasts like chia puddings, finely ground and used as a gluten free flour substitute, pressed to create nutrition dense oils, or soaked and made into creamy sauces or milks and creams such as coconut milk/cream.
When you purchase nuts, make sure that they are raw, natural or blanched NOT roasted. Unless they are organic, you will find that roasted nuts will have been roasted in poor quality oils and the process damages the good fat qualities of the nuts.
If buying coconut milk or cream, always buy organic and try find one that is in a can that is not lined with BPA as the plastic lining in cans can be toxic.
Why Nuts are good for us
Why Nuts are good for us
Nuts such as Brazil, Cashews, Macadamia and Almonds are a fantastic source of good fats, non-animal sourced protein and fibre, three things which are essential for maintaining good health. However, Peanuts have been found to often be coated with a layer of mould which can have a negative health effect for people with cancer and should be avoided. This includes peanut butters.
Brazil cashews are a good source of selenium which has associated with a reducing the risk some types of cancer in several clinical trials. Cashews make fantastic dairy free vegan cream, which is used in many of the recipes in the Fighting Cancer With Food Meal Plans and is an excellent source of antioxidants whilst containing no cholesterol.
A study on walnuts, conducted at Marshall University, showed that eating two ounces of walnuts a day for two weeks, slowed breast cancer growth and reduced the risk of developing the disease. Eating walnuts may also change gut bacteria in a way that suppresses colon cancer.
A similar study from Yale Cancer Centre showed that colon cancer survivors who regularly ate nuts such as almonds and walnuts had a significantly lower risk for cancer.
Cancer patients and people in general who want to maintain good health should significantly reduce their animal protein intake to reduce inflammation are reduce the chances of developing disease, which can result in protein deficiencies. However, A handful of almonds, contains 1/8th of a person’s daily protein needs.
Almonds help support your cellular metabolism due to its mineral content, providing significant amounts of copper and magnesium, two minerals that activate enzymes in your cells used to produce useable energy. Particularly important for days in between traditional cancer treatments when you may be feeling a little low.
Also, in the nut family is the Coconut. A generous nut which provides us with so many nutritious ways of enjoying it.
Organic Coconut is high in fibre, which helps bulk up your stool and supports healthy bowel regularity, keeping your digestive system healthy. Coconut is naturally high in good fats and provides a wide range of health benefits including providing you with disease-fighting antioxidants, promoting blood sugar regulation and reducing certain risk factors for heart disease.