Nut Protein is High in Spanish Almonds

Nut Protein can sometimes be low, but a high amount of protein is one of the health benefits of almonds and Spanish almonds.  

Spanish almonds are more like the original almond or the Ancient version and there may be more health benefits of almonds found in this older variety of nut.

Brazilian nuts come with a good amount of nut protein as well and Brazilian nuts are one of the greatest sources of the mineral selenium.

Being brought up in Hawaii, my favorite nut is the Macadamia nut and raw macadamia nuts will have a much better omega 3 to omega 6 ratio than most other nuts.

The Health Benefits of Almonds

  • Almonds have some of the highest amounts of protein found in nuts and are composed of a whooping 19% of protein.
  • Almonds are higher in calcium compared to other nuts and is a source of Vitamin E.
  • Almonds are also a good source of minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, and copper.
  • Almonds will have a good amount of heart healthy Monounsaturated fats as well.

Health Benefits of Spanish Almonds

Spanish almonds are very different from the domestically grown American almonds.

Spanish almonds are pretty much the closest you will get to the original or heirloom type of almond.

These Ancient nuts are more crunchy, sweeter, higher in antioxidants and have a much stronger almond flavor.

The American almond is a hybridized version of this more Ancient nut.

Did you know that all almonds commercially grown in California or the U.S.A. are now pasteurized or irradiated?

That means that their nutrients have been compromised!!!

You can find raw Spanish almonds online and you may still be able to buy raw American almonds online or at a farmer's market.

Brazilian Nuts

Brazilian nuts are grown in the Amazonian Rain Forests and in other South American Countries.

Brazilian nuts are composed of approximately 14% nut protein.  And this nut has the highest selenium content of any other food and is a source of magnesium as well as copper.

Brazilian nuts have a high amount of fat and a different fat profile than most other nuts.  These nuts contain almost equal amounts of saturated fats, monounsaturated fats, and polyunsaturated fats.

The higher fat content of Brazilian nuts makes it a more buttery and creamy nut.  However, you will have to be careful not to indulge too much with this nut.  Not because of its high fat content, but because of its very high selenium content.

Raw Macadamia Nuts

Another creamy and rich tasting nut is Macadamia nuts.  We had about 350 Macadamia nut trees when I was growing up and boy was it hard work.

Once you crack the hard shell that protects this fatty nut, just lightly roasting raw Macadamia nuts will bring out its rich goodness and flavor.

They just taste like "Butter" and I find them more balancing than most other nuts because they have a better ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids.

These nuts are very high in heart healthy fats and around 77% of raw Macadamia nuts fat will be in the form of Monounsaturated fats.

Macadamia nuts will have more Monounsaturated fat than found in olive oil!

They are also a good source of minerals such as magnesium, copper, and manganese.  And raw Macadamia nuts will contain approximately 8% nut protein.


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