Pine Nuts. Ancient Greeks and Romans love them. This organic superfood has been around for thousands of years, providing healthy nutrient to humans in many parts of the world.
A member of the family of pinaceae under the genus pinus, pine trees are huge and grow straight, towering to a height of 75ft with a pyramidal dense foliage. They are abundant in the wild cold forest of the northern hemisphere. Pine tree produces flowers that turn into cones when matured. Once the cones are fully dried, the female cone splits open and releases small seeds or what is known as pine nuts. Considered as a delicacy by many, Pine nut is an organic superfood that is pleasantly sweet and delicious. It’s, crunchy but has a buttery texture. Often used in making pesto sauce.
Aside from having a wonderfully delicate taste, pine nut is also a powerhouse of important health nutrients. It contains vitamin A, C, D, E and vitamin B complex as well as essential minerals like iron, In addition, this organic superfood very rich in protein and also loaded with powerful antioxidants to help fight and control free radicals in your body caused by unhealthy diets and pollutions.
Health benefits you can get from this ancient organic superfood:
By incorporating this amazing nut in your diet, you reduce your risk of developing heart diseases. Thanks to the wonderful blend of compound like manganese, magnesium, vitamin e and K including a healthy amount of monounsaturated fat. This organic superfood is said to be capable of managing cholesterol to a healthy level as well as improving the liver’s LDL tolerance.
It helps fight fatigue by supplying your body with a good quantity of magnesium. A half cup of pine nuts is almost equivalent to half of the daily recommended amount of this mineral.
The fatty acids derived from pine nuts contains pinolenic acid that releases a good measure of cholecystokinin or CCK which is a powerful appetite- suppressing hormone. This makes it ideal for individuals trying to lose weight by slowing down absorption of food in the stomach thus leaving them feeling full. Because of its high fiber content, pine nut helps you maintain a smooth and regular bowel movement, keeping your colon walls clean as well.
It’s an energy boosting organic superfood and a healthy alternative to those with celiac disease and wheat food allergy as it is gluten free.
To some individuals, eating pine nuts leaves a metallic aftertaste in the mouth and although temporary it can be bothersome. If this is your first encounter with pine nut, I suggest you go easy and see if you can tolerate the bitter aftertaste.
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The article written here is for educational purpose only and is not meant to provide any medical advice. If you have an illness or medical condition, it would be best to consult first with your health care provider or family physician before undertaking any course of treatment.
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