Almonds, Sunflower Seeds and Pecans are packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber. Also they are an easy, delicious way to get the nutrients you need, every day. And don’t forget, they’re naturally cholesterol-free.
Almonds are a rich source of vitamin E, containing 26 mg per 100 g. They are also rich in dietary fiber, B vitamins, essential minerals and monounsaturated fat – one of the two “good” fats which potentially may lower LDL cholesterol. Typical of nuts and seeds, almonds also contain phytosterols, associated with cholesterol-lowering properties.
Potential health benefits include improved complexion and possibly a lower risk of cancer. A preliminary trial showed that, in spite of the high fat content of almonds, using them in the daily diet might lower several factors associated with heart disease, including cholesterol and blood lipids
Pecans like other tree nuts are rich in protein, fiber and monounsaturated fats, or “good fats.” They contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals including a high concentration of vitamin A, which protects the teeth, eyes and bones. Pecans are also sodium and cholesterol free.
It’s reported that pecan nuts contain higher antioxidants than most other nuts, followed by walnuts and hazelnuts. Antioxidants have been proven to help aid in the prevention of cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Sunflower seeds have also been linked to numerous cardiovascular, anti-inflammatory, cancer prevention and bone and skin health. Seeds are a high-energy food rich in nutrients such as copper, calcium, vitamin E, vitamin B1 and phosphorus. They are also excellent sources of iron and zinc.