Nuts are known for being a fantastic source of unsaturated fats (so-called “good fats”), but they’re also a great way to make sure you are consuming a range of vitamins and minerals in your diet. For example, pistachios (my personal favourite) are a good source of:
- Vitamin B1 (thiamin), which helps our metabolic processes, specifically by aiding the breakdown of carbohydrates to produce energy;
- Vitamin B6, which helps maintain normal nerve function and helps to keep blood glucose levels in check;
- Fibre, which is important for maintaining healthy bowels.
Of course, there are a whole host of nuts which are good for you, each with their own unique composition of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), which are an essential part of any nutritious diet. Click on the image below to see a full-size infographic on the typical micronutrient quantities in nuts, nut butters, and seeds (via Greatist):