Dried fruits and nuts
Dried fruits and nuts
Nuts and dried fruits (figs, apricots, dates, bananas, plums or raisins) should always be at hand. Unlike crisps and bars, raisins are not only tasty but also a healthy snack. They help prevent cancer and heart attacks, relieve stomach ailments. They contain fiber, magnesium, potassium, vitamin E and folic acid. Children, teenagers, pregnant women and people who want to lose a few kilos can reach for dried fruit.
They are a source of selenium (100 grams of Brazil nuts is about 1900 mcg of selenium and the recommended daily dose is 55 mcg). Selenium activates the action of antioxidants, protects cells from destruction and supports absorption. It alleviates symptoms of menopause, helps to remove heavy metals from the body. Eating Brazil nuts can increase testosterone levels, which also affects libido. The manganese contained in them has the same effect.
The consumption of walnuts can bring a whole range of health benefits, which are associated primarily with the presence of a large amount of antioxidants. That is why they are perfect as a component of a diet for a healthy heart. They contain a substance called l-arginine, useful for maintaining the health of the circulatory system.
Cashews are nuts that are part of the apple-like fruit of the Brazilian tree called Western cashew. They have a delicate, sweetish taste and are relatively soft.
Thanks to the high content of B vitamins and magnesium, cashews can have a positive effect on the nervous system. They can prevent depression, support memory and concentration, combat stress and stress, regulate sleep, etc. The high potassium content means that cashews can have a positive effect on the maintenance of proper water-electrolyte metabolism and prevent excessive accumulation of water in the body.
Pumpkin seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids and large amounts of phytosterols. They are therefore not only tasty, but can also have positive effects such as lowering the LDL cholesterol level in the blood, preventing the development of atherosclerosis and other civilization diseases. They also have an antioxidant effect, thanks to which they can support the body and slow down the aging processes taking place in it, as well as protect against cancer.
Eating pumpkin seeds also has a very positive effect on the mood. The magnesium and potassium contained in them can improve the functioning of the nervous system and relieve depression and anxiety, as well as headaches, including migraine.
The properties of dates really deserve our attention. In dried form, they are a source of fibre, which is of great importance for intestinal health and function. Moreover, it turns out that in terms of the amount of fibre, dried dates are higher than fresh dates. Moreover, they are a true treasure trove of potassium, which is of great importance for the proper functioning of our hearts. Potassium also supports muscle function and prevents fatigue.
They contain large amounts of antioxidant vitamin E, which, like other sources of this substance, can prevent cardiovascular diseases and cancer, as well as slow down the aging process. In addition, magnesium contained in almonds supports bone strengthening and plays an important role in enzymatic processes in the body. Like all nuts, almonds are also rich in unsaturated fats
They contain the same valuable nutrients as grapes, but more concentrated. They provide a lot of easily assimilated sugars, and thus are recommended as a snack for children and physically active people. In addition, they can help treat anaemia, because they have a large dose of iron, manganese and copper. They also contain B vitamins (responsible for proper functioning of the nervous system and brain) and flavonoids, which are beneficial for health. These latter substances taken in optimal doses reduce the risk of many age-related diseases, including Alzheimer's disease.
She's rich in proanthocyanidins. These are compounds with strong antioxidant properties, i. e. compounds that help the body to age more slowly. Proanthocyanidine can improve vision, increase flexibility of joints and contribute to lowering cholesterol levels. Additionally, thanks to the content of proanthocyanidins in cranberries, it may have anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties. Interestingly, cranberries can protect us from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation.
Apricots owe their sunny colour to beta-carotene, a yellow pigment from which the liver produces vitamin A. Beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant that protects us against the harmful effects of free radicals responsible for the development of civilization diseases and accelerating the aging process of the body. It is invaluable for the eyes and gives the skin a young, healthy look. Just eat 3 apricots a day to provide your body with the right amount of this antioxidant.
They are not only tasty, but also contain many nutrients that have been valued since ancient times. Figs are an important source of calcium (100 g of figs has it as much as a glass of milk) and phosphorus. Consuming them may have a positive effect on bone condition, prevent osteoporosis, among other things. Thanks to the high potassium content, the figs also help people with hypertension. In addition, the zinc present in them promotes the proper functioning of the hormonal system.
It contains fats, protein, carbohydrates, fibre, sugars, organic acids, pectin, flavonoids, tannins and tannins. Eating white mulberry fruit can help with intestinal work, immunize against diseases and infections, support the liver and stomach protection system. It may have a positive effect on the condition of the skin. Mulberry contains B vitamins (vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B6) and vitamin C, as well as numerous minerals - phosphorus, potassium and iron.
The beneficial effect of plums on the digestive system is associated with a high content of fibre, which prevents the absorption of cholesterol. In turn, potassium helps to lower blood pressure, often accompanying cardiovascular diseases.
In dried plums there are plenty of antioxidants that can act against cancer and help to maintain a beautiful and healthy skin. Scientists claim that they contain the most antioxidants among all fruits.
Plum dehydration can be used not only as an ingredient in a festive compote or dietary dish, but also in meat sauce, salad or as an element of stuffing, e. g. for dumplings. It can be not only tasty, but also calming and improving the mood.