Continuing my top five series, where I am going to look at the top five of everything paleo, today the focus is on Paleo nuts. To call nuts a super-food would be an understatement. On top of being extremely tasty, highly portable, and a great way to add protein and healthy fats to your diet, they are loaded with are loaded with antioxidants that are vital to an all-around healthy lifestyle. They also make a great snack. Each one of the nuts below has a different health benefit. Consider adding one, several or all of these nuts to your next shopping list to make your diet a bit more paleo. But remember peanuts are legumes and do not actually belong to the nut family. they are the one ‘nut’ that has no place in a true paleo diet.
Here are my top 5 Paleo Nuts in no particular order
Per serving, almonds contain more fiber and vitamin E (an antioxidant) than any other nut out there. When it comes to paleo nuts, Almonds rule. Furthermore, they’re a good tool for weight loss. A study conducted by the International Journal of Obesity found that individuals more readily lost weight when supplementing a low-calorie with almonds rather than complex-carbohydrates. Furthermore, a diet that includes a steady supply of almonds has been found to be effective in decreasing insulin resistance (combatting diabetes), decreasing bad cholesterol, and increasing the strength of one’s immune system (through promoting the growth of ‘good bacteria’ in the stomach. Paleo shopping lists often substitute almond butter for peanur tbutter, for a healthier equally tasty nut butter alternative. A serving size is about 23 nuts, at 170 calories and 15 grams of fat.
Pecans have been found to reduce plaque formation in arteries, as well as lower LDL cholesterol levels. Furthermore, high levels of vitamin E may serve to combat degenerative neurological disorders, such as ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) A serving size is 18 halves, at 200 calories and 21 grams of fat.
In addition the highest proportion of antioxidants of any nut, which combats the cellular damage responsible for heart disease, cancer, and premature aging, walnuts are also the richest in omega-3 fatty acids. They’re a good source of this essential fat, particularly if you are not a fan of fish or are in need of a paleo food with more portability. A serving size is about 14 halves, at 185 calories and 18 grams of fat.
A single brazil nut contains 100 percent of your daily requirement of selenium, a mineral found to prevent breast, prostate and bone cancer. They are, in this bloggers opinion, one of the tastiest and most buttery nuts out there, and have become a welcome part of my paleo lifestyle. Add them to your shopping list, give them a try and I promise you’ll never go back to buttery crackers again. A serving size is 5 to 6 nuts, at 185 calories and 18 grams of fat.
While more calories dense then most other nuts, macadamias also contain the greastest proportion of monounsaturated fats, which can lower arterial inflammation and reduce levels of LDL cholesterol. Studies have shown that regularly supplementing your diet with macadamia nuts can reduce total cholesterol levels by nearly 10 percent. Though extremely healthy, macadamias are also signifigantly more expensive than the other nuts on this list. Consider making them an occasional luxury to add to your paleo shopping list when you are able. A serving size is 10 nuts at 200 calories and 22 grams of fat.
Just one last note. Always keep your consumption of nuts under control. It can very easily get out of hand and you could end up eating a lot without even realizing it.