Getting A Little Nutty

I know some people out there can’t have nuts due to an allergy so clearly,  they should avoid nuts!!

Read Disclaimer below

Recently, I read about  a study that suggested nuts had anti-inflammatory  properties.

1) It examined 3 different blood proteins well known as indicators of system-wide inflammation.It looked at approx  5,000 people  a pretty large group!
2) It looked at approx  5,000 people
3) It showed a significant decrease in two of those inflammation indicators  C-reactive protein  and interleukin 6  in people who eat a lot of nuts, according to the researchers.

3 servings of nuts for health benefits

So, what’s a lot of nuts? People who had the lowest levels of CRP and IL6 ate 5 or more servings of nuts, or about 5 ounces, per day.

1 serving (1 oz.) equals:
Approx
15 walnuts
20 almonds
18 cashews
30 pistachios
10 Brazil nuts

If that seems like a lot of nuts, the good news is that the study also found that people who ate at least 3 servings of nuts to replace foods that tend to increase inflammation like eggs, lunch meat, processed meat , red meat  and things like  refined grains (such as flour or cornmeal)  I tried it , and I  had similar improvements.

So you don’t have to eat nuts by the handful to reap the beni’s  what I did  instead was  just make some substitutions in dishes we normally use meat or eggs in. For instance, in place of meat sauce on spaghetti, I tried a basil pesto made with walnuts. I tried also going all out  with spaghetti squash as a less inflammatory pasta substitute.

My husband wasn’t into the squash in place of our normal pasta

I know some people out there can’t have nuts due to an allergy , then obviously, they should avoid nuts!    But similar effects have been found in seeds (such as sesame seeds), which are also part of an alkaline diet. The takeaway from this is that you can have a significant impact on your health by increasing the amount of healthy, anti-inflammatory foods into your diet. Those who can’t have nuts because of allergy can have sunflower seeds, fresh vegetables, and other alkalizing foods to help quiet the inflammation that leads to health concerns.

But also good effects have been found in seeds (such as sesame seeds) You can have a significant impact on your health by increasing the amount of healthy, anti-inflammatory foods into your diet. Those who can’t have nuts because of allergy can have sunflower seeds, fresh vegetables, and other  foods to help quiet the inflammation that leads to health concerns.Of course ,  don’t use anything if you have an allergy to it  Common sense

But what I have found out that there are so many ways via food to help fight inflammation

Recipe Walnut Pesto

Instructions

Combine basil, walnuts, and garlic in a food processor and pulse until the mixture turns into a coarse meal.
Slowly add olive oil in a steady drizzle as you continue to pulse the ingredients. …
Season with salt (to taste).
Use immediately or store in the refrigerator for later use

For a non-Vegan, you can add about 1/2 cup parmesan cheese to mix

 

pesto-pasta
DISCLAIMER
This blog is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice of physicians. The reader should regularly consult a physician in matters relating to his/her health and particularly with respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention. Never start or stop anything without first consulting your primary care physician.

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