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Nuts are very nutritious, providing protein and many essential vitamins, such as A and E, minerals, such as phosphorous and potassium, and fibre.
Nuts are also high in carbohydrate and monounsaturated oils, so should be as part of your daily
diet whereas pulses all belong to the legume group of plants, nuts come from a variety of different plant groups, so the nutritional content is more varied too.
A brief description of individual varieties is given.
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Nuts should be stored in cool, dry conditions in airtight containers away from the light.
Because of their high levels monounsaturated oils, RAW Nuts
benefit from storage in the fridge
or freezer to greatly increase their shelf life.
As a general rule nuts should not be kept for longer than a year.
Nuts Galore Health Facts
1. Hazelnuts contain nearly 91 percent monounsaturated fat and less than 4 percent saturated fat. Over 30 tree nut studies indicate this high level of monounsaturated fat is likely responsible for a reduction in both total blood and LDL cholesterol levels when hazelnuts are consumed as part of a low saturated fat diet.
2. It also contributes significant amounts of protein, fiber, iron, phosphorus, vitamins B1, B2, C, and E, foliate and many other essential nutrients. Replacing a less nutrient dense snack with heart healthy and flavorful hazelnuts has many health benefits.
Natural hazelnuts are high in protein and low in fat.
HAZELNUT
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Wild Hazelnuts trees are common in Europe and Asia and the
Middle East, its nuts have been eaten by humans since earliest times. The cultivated varieties from the USA are bigger and the filbert is a similar but even bigger species from SE Europe.
Used in sweet and savory dishes, they are available whole in both Raw and Roasted. Can be made into oil and nut butter mixed with coco, they are lower in fat than most other nuts. A delicious addition to any party platter complemented by cheese and olives.