Sunday, November 22, 2009

Should we eat Nuts??

Nuts can be a healthy option but they can also be a bad option. Its easy to get confused as a consumer. It is best to choose raw, unsalted nuts! The oil roasting of nuts causes the healthy fat inside the nut to go rancid. Rancid fat and trans fat are simply fats that are no longer digestible and that spells disaster for the body. Rancid means the fat is now a "free radical" and free radicals cause cellular degradation.Roasting nuts at a temperature higher than 170F will cause a breakdown of their fats and the production of free radicals. When nuts roasted at the high temperatures used commercially are consumed, the free radicals they contain can cause lipid peroxidation-the oxidizing of fats in your bloodstream that can trigger tiny injuries in artery walls-a first step in the build up of plaque and cardiovascular disease.

To avoid this try Raw nuts- or if can not take the taste without roasting try buying raw nuts but roasting at home at a temperature of 160-170 degrees.

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