Go nuts – It’s officially Nut Day!

Nut Day

October 22 is Nut Day. Celebrate with some fun trivia, rich info and more. Win exclusive hampers from Gourmet Delight specially curated for Goregaon Highway Pulse!

National Nut Day, observed in USA on October 22 every year, is a significant food holiday that celebrates a healthy and nutritious snack.

Nuts are a highly prized food and energy source and are a primary source of nutrients for both humans and wildlife.  Many of them are used in cooking, eaten raw, sprouted or roasted as a snack food and pressed for oil that is used in cookery and cosmetics.

The fats found in nuts, for the most part, are unsaturated fats including monounsaturated fats.

Many nuts are excellent sources of vitamins E and B2. They are also rich in protein, folate fiber and essential minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and selenium.  Brazil nuts are particularly high in selenium, the mineral that’s been linked to a reduced risk of prostate cancer. And nuts are an excellent source of fiber, which reduces the risk of heart disease.

Nuts are healthiest in their raw form.

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History of Nut Day

Liberation Foods Company created National Nut Day as a way to advocate Fairtrade nuts and promote healthy living. Also to debunk some myths like, for instance, that peanuts are nuts. They’re legumes, really.

Nut Day Trivia: 12 Interesting Facts About Nuts

1) Walnuts are the oldest known tree food — they date all the way back to 7,000 BC.

2) If you love almonds as much as we do, thank bumblebees! Almonds can’t grow on their own. They need bees to help them pollinate.

3) The shell of the cashew is toxic and can’t be eaten. Cashews are in the same plant family as poison ivy and poison sumac and their itchy oil is primarily contained in their shell.

4) Pistachio is known as the “smiling nut” in Iran and the “happy nut” in China.

5)  Macadamia nuts are never picked. They are harvested from the ground after they fall off the tree. They also have the hardest shell of any nut, taking 300 PSI of pressure to crack it open.

6) Brazil nuts are a truly special nut. They require a specific bee to be pollinated and take as long as 10 to 30 years to mature.

7) Ancient Greeks believed hazelnuts could treat coughing and baldness.

8) Almonds have a long storage life and can be refrigerated for up to 1 year and frozen for 2 years. The longer shelf life is due to the fact that they are rich in Vitamin E.

9) Pistachios are actually seeds of a grape-like fruit.

10) Cashews are actually fruit, too.

11) Chestnuts contain vitamin C (over 50%).

12) Macadamia nuts are poisonous for dogs.

Source: www.greenblender.com
Fact checking: Sarika Apre Nair, SlimNHappy. 

Nuts pack many nutrients in a small package. Take a look at this table below 

Nutrients in Nuts (per 1 ounce serving)

  Calories Protein (g) Total fat (g) Saturated fat (g) Monounsaturated fat (g) Polyunsaturated fat (g) Fiber (g) Vitamin E (mg)
Almonds (whole) 164 6 14 1.1 9.1 3.5 3.3 7.3
Brazil nuts 186 4 19 4.6 6.5 6.8 2.1 1.6
Cashews (dry roasted) 163 4 13 2.6 7.7 2.2 0.9 0.3
Filberts (Hazelnuts) 178 4 17 1.3 12.9 2.2 2.7 4.3
Peanuts (dry roasted) 166 7 14 2 7 4.4 2.3 2.2
Pecans 196 3 20 1.8 11.6 6.1 2.7 0.4
Pistachios (dry roasted) 161 6 13 1.6 6.8 3.9 2.9 0.6
Walnuts 185 4 18 1.7 2.5 13.4 1.9 0.2
Source: www.health.harvard.edu

Before you go nuts on Nut Day, consider these two facts

First, because they are high in fat, nuts are high in calories. All fats – harmful saturated fats or desirable unsaturated fats – have 9 calories per gram, making them the most calorie-dense nutrient. Unless you want to gain weight, don’t consume nuts without subtracting a similar number of calories from your diet. Substitute nuts for chips or cookies.

Second, remember that many processed nuts that are so handy for snacks are fried in oil and/or laced with salt, which can raise your blood pressure.

Choose nuts carefully to make them work for your health.


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