All about Nuts – Benefits of dry fruits and nuts

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Hello Mommies,

Have you even been to an exclusive dry fruits and nuts shop? Recently I visited a store (Ajfan, Frazer Town, Bangalore) that sells only nuts, all types of dried fruits and dates. It was like visiting a store in the middle east. There were huge sacks of all this, like you would find rice at a grocery store.

I didnt know so many types of dates existed, best part was that I could taste before buying, finally I picked the one which was least sweet. Brazilian and Macadamia nuts that I have only seen on Masterchef was right there. I picked up dried mangoes, kiwi, blueberries for my LO to chew on.You can also find dried apples, cranberries, strawberries, raspberries and almost all fruits in a dried form.

Anyways let my story be, nuts are a great source of good fat and protein. You can introduce babies to nuts when they are 6 months in their baby cereal, do see my recipe here. Its an excellent snack for school going kids, do fill their snack box with some nuts and dried fruits for them to chew on. Everything costs from Rs 500-1900 per kg.You can buy 100 gms of each and mix, its one of the best nutritional diet you can give your kidos.

Here is a short brief of some nuts that you find in India (from wikipedia):

Cashew: high source of palmitic acid and stearic acid.

Almond: The almond is a nutritionally dense food and is a rich source of vitamin E, containing 26 mg per 100 g. They are also rich in dietary fiber, B vitamins, essential minerals such as magnesium, copper, manganese, calcium, and potassium as well as monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats.

Brazil Nuts: High Source of Omega-3

Macadamia:  omega-7, palmitoleic acid. They also contain 9% protein, 9% carbohydrate, and 2% dietary fiber, as well as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, selenium, iron, thiamine, riboflavin and niacin.

Pecan

Pecans are an excellent source of manganese and a good source of protein and unsaturated fats. Like walnuts, pecans are rich in omega-6 fatty acids, although pecans contain about half as much omega-6 as walnuts.

A diet rich in seeds can lower the risk of gallstones in women. The antioxidants and plant sterols found in pecans reduce high cholesterol by reducing the “bad” LDL cholesterol levels.[18]

Peanut

Peanuts are rich in nutrients, providing over 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients. Peanuts are a good source of niacin, folate, fiber, vitamin E, magnesium and phosphorus. They also are naturally free of trans-fats and sodium, and contain about 25% protein (a higher proportion than in any true nut).

Pine Nuts – High source of protein, but not good for bad eaters as it suppresses appetite (i need this for myself).

Pistachio

Pistachios have antibacterial activity against the intestinal pathogens. It significantly reduced levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL cholesterol) while increasing antioxidant levels in the serum of volunteers

Walnuts

Raw walnuts contain glyceryl triacylates of the n-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA),which is not as effective in humans as long-chain n-3 fatty acids,and (mostly insoluble) antioxidants. <Roasting reduces antioxidant quality>.

Dates and dry fruits are a good source of iron and vitamins.

Please note: Though Nuts are very high in nutrition, they are high allergens too, so please introduce one variety at a time.

 

 

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Jaishri is an IT professional and the founder of mommyswall. She is a mom of a lovely 4 year old and lives in Bangalore. She is also a certified Yoga instructor and believes in Natural living.
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10 Responses to All about Nuts – Benefits of dry fruits and nuts

  1. Pawan Negi says:

    Thanks for sharing such info.
    After knowing the benefits of Dry Fruits From your blog. I have decided to buy dry fruits. Finally, i Bought Original kashmiri Dry fruits from “Kashmir Box”

  2. Online dry fruits shopping is really good.I always shopdry fruits online because it save my time and money.I always shop from eZeelo.com and it is good.

  3. geet says:

    hello! i really liked your post. please share some more.

  4. Online dry fruits shopping is really good.I always shop dry fruits online because it save my time and money.I always shop from eZeelo.com and it is good.

  5. Seema says:

    Quite good informative articles,it gives many beneficial tips about dry fruits.Thank you for sharing.

  6. yash says:

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  7. Michael! says:

    Thanks for this very useful post :)
    Having a handful of nuts in your daily routine is very important. It is about mindful eating especially during and after pregnancy. It’s the time when your body is weak and the need for a balance diet is must. Don’t eat anything just like that!

  8. yamuna balamurugan says:

    can i give cashew for 7mnth baby

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