Most nuts contain high amounts of healthy fats although Saturated Fat content varies. They also contain protease inhibitors and polyphenols which may help block cancer. It’s not recommended to use roasted nuts or seeds as the oils become rancid during this process.
Almonds: healthiest of all nuts. It’s also healthy as almond oil or almond butter and even almond milk/ice cream/yogurt. High in potassium, magnesium, phosphorus & protein. Contains Laetrile which is an anti-cancer agent.
Cashews: high in potassium, magnesium and Vitamin A but also high in Saturated Fat so don’t consume too much
Chestnuts: lowest Saturated Fat content of all nuts
Hazelnuts (Filberts): high in potassium, sulphur and calcium and low Saturated Fat
Peanuts: these are actually a legume, not a nut. Although they are a complete protein, they have the highest fat content of all nuts
WARNING regarding Peanuts and Corn: these are often contaminated with a fungus-producing toxin called Alfatoxin (AF) which is the most potent carcinogen ever discovered that causes liver cancer.
Peanut Butter is much more contaminated than whole peanuts as the best nuts are selected for eating while the worst, moldiest nuts are used for the cheap peanut butter everyone likes to buy.
- Make sure you buy only Organic Peanut Butter or Peanuts and Corn or choose any of the other numerous healthy nuts available, many of which are also available in butter form.
Pecans: high in potassium, vitamin A and essential fats, medium Saturated Fat content
Pine Nuts: these are chewy and sweet
Pistachios: sweet and mild, medium Saturated Fat content
Pumpkin Seeds: rich in calcium, Vitamin B & zinc. Used by some doctors to treat the prostate gland and to destroy parasites in the intestinal tract
Sesame Seeds: high in calcium, iron, phosphorous, potassium and protein. Used for nut butter called “Tahini”. Very low fat
Sunflower Seeds: high in Vitamin B, phosphorous, potassium and medium Saturated Fat content
Walnuts: high in potassium, magnesium and Vitamin A, medium Saturated Fat content