Nutritionists from Washington recently announced the significant role of pine nuts in ensuring health and wellness over and above their value as a flavoring ingredient in Mediterranean and Italian cuisines.
Results of a series of independent scientific analyses of pine nut components revealed that the popular seed is packed with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.
Among the many health benefits that may be derived from pine nuts in the diet are: anti-oxidative properties against aging; more energy for daily activities; enhanced immunity to diseases; good eyesight and strong bones. In general, it is considered a feel-good food.
Additionally, research evidence suggests that its fat content is heart-friendly, and that eating these nuts facilitates weight loss, promotes normal blood circulation, and is good for the nervous system.
Nutritional Highlights of Pine Nuts
Experts in natural medicine, including authors and educators Dr. Michael Murray and Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, maintained that a hundred grams of the European pine nuts called pignoli delivers 24 grams of protein.
This amount is by far the highest among nuts and seeds. Pine nuts are also excellent sources of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, D and E, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, potassium, and zinc. The European variety also contains less fat in monosaturated form, fiber, and carbohydrates than the American species of pine nuts, called pinons. These nuts also contain lutein, pinoleic acid, and free radicals.
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