Ingredients Matter: Nuts

January 21, 2016

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Rather than searching for the next exotic supplement or superfood that claims to help with weight loss, provide endless energy, and cure numerous diseases, why not stick to something that has been around for hundreds of years? We’re talking about nuts. Whether you’re into the unique taste of pistachios, the texture of walnuts, or the convenience of almonds, nuts provide an excellent and natural way to energize and satiate the human body. In this post, we’ll take a look at the nuts used in the majority of PROBAR products and some of the essential nutrients they provide.

 

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Almonds

Originally from the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern regions, it didn’t take long for this sweet nut to quickly spread throughout the world. It still grows best in climates with moderate temperatures, wet winters, and fairly dry summers. The edible part of the nut grows inside a hard shell that must be removed before consumption, but unlike some other varieties of nuts, this is often done before they end up in your hands. Almonds are lauded for their levels of vitamin E, calcium, manganese, and monounsaturated fat, ingredients that are believed to help contribute to a healthy heart. So whether you enjoy them raw, salted, or flavored, be sure to include almonds as a part of your diet.

 

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Did you know that cashews grow at the base of a fruit that is also edible? However, in the United States, the cashew nut is far more popular than the cashew apple. Cashews are native to the tropical climates of Brazil, but can now be found growing in a few African and Asian countries with similar climates as well. The unique crescent shaped nuts contain generous amounts of important minerals such as: magnesium, phosphorus, copper, and manganese. Cashews (like most other nuts) also contain important Omega-3 fatty acids as well as monounsaturated fats, which are thought to help reduce some factors that contribute to heart disease.

 

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Peanuts

Whether enjoyed at the ballpark, on the trail, or as part of a packed lunch, peanuts provide a tasty and nutritious way to snack. Similar to cashews, peanuts originated in South America and are now grown worldwide. The nuts are used in traditional dishes of many countries around the world and because of their nutritional value, are often provided as aid in humanitarian and relief missions. Since they grow underground rather than on a tree, peanuts are technically a legume rather than a nut. However, since most folks (including whoever named them) classify them as nuts, we decided to include them on this list. Peanuts are a good source of protein, are rich in folate, niacin, and vitamin E, and make a great snack any time of day.

 

One of the biggest benefits of nuts (aside from their nutritional value) is that they are portable and easy to pack so they can be enjoyed anytime and anywhere. While they’re most commonly eaten raw or roasted, they can also be added to a variety of dishes or be mashed into a nut butter. Nuts can be ground up and used as a gluten free flour alternative, or sprinkled on top of a variety of salads and breakfast cereals (hot or cold) for a crunchy and nutritious flavor boost. Most PROBAR products, other than Bolt energy chews, contain one of more of the nuts discussed above and provide a great way to include them in your diet. So no matter your preferred type and preferred style, you’d be nuts not add them to your diet.