Until recently, nuts were widely criticised as part of the unhealthy food club and a big enemy to weight-watchers. The fact that this wonderful plant-food is a source of healthy fats, fibre, as well as proteins is slowly penetrating through various layers of the population and more aware individuals are beginning to consider nuts as a diet staple.
Just at this point when people seem to find their love for these little health packed monsters, there creeps in a debate between consuming roasted and raw nuts. Nuts when roasted or raw are a great source of energy and both types have their own set of pros and cons.
We give you all that is there to know about roasted and raw nuts, and ways to consume them as you march towards a healthier life.
Roasted Nuts: Safe, Tasty and nutritious
One of the most common myths of the culinary world is that nutrients fade when nuts are roasted. Research has proved otherwise. Roasted Nuts contain their heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and there is only negligible difference in the nutritional value of dry roasted nuts and raw nuts. Roasting brings out the flavour of a nut and keeps most of the vitamin content intact.
Are roasted nuts suitable for all?
Roasted nuts may not necessarily be suitable for all palates. People with high blood pressure must avoid salted roasted nuts. Weight watchers can also choose raw nuts over roasted ones to avoid that extra bit of calories. Nuts that are roasted with oil must be consumed in moderation as rancid oils are considered carcinogenic.
Raw Nuts: More nutrition and Lower Calories
Consuming an ounce of raw nuts every day is probably the best protection one can give to the heart. Loaded with rich nutrients and healthy fatty acids, raw nuts are a big boost to the overall health of the human system. Raw nuts expand more when brought in contact with the digestive fluids of the body thus offering a feeling of fullness for a longer period of time.
Are raw nuts completely safe?
Cases of raw nuts containing salmonella and harmful fungi have been reported in the past. While roasting can prevent such harmful contaminants, washing them completely and soaking them overnight can also to an adequate solution to such complaints.
With a plethora health articles about nuts making the rounds, expert guidance from dieticians and standard advice from any reliable health insurance company suggest the consumption of nuts in any form, but in moderation.
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