Wellbody Recipe: The Gift Of Nuts

by | Dec 9, 2015

Roasted Nuts

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What’s nut to love? A handful of nuts a day may keep heart disease and strokes away, according to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, who published a large study in The New England Journal of Medicine. (Keep reading for fabulous recipes for Brockett Pecans and Rosemary Chipotle Roasted Almonds, perfect for holiday gifts.)

The study found  that people who eat a handful of nuts daily cut their risk of death from heart disease by 30 percent and from cancer by 11 percent. Other recent, large-scale studies have confirmed the value of nuts as a nutritional powerhouse.

It doesn’t seem to matter what kind of nuts. Even peanuts, which are technically legumes, boosted health. Other nut studies have found that people already eating healthfully who added nuts or olive oil to their diets lived longer, decreased their risk of memory loss, calmed inflammation, had lower blood pressure, better blood sugar levels, fewer gallstones and were leaner.

Scientists are trying to figure out why. Nuts are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, unsaturated (good) fats and antioxidants. The Harvard team is investigating whether nuts’ health benefits are linked to bioactive compounds that impact inflammation and metabolism.

In the meantime, bring on the hazelnuts! And try out these recipes for Rosemary Chipotle Roasted Almonds and Katelyn’s Grandmother’s Pecans.

Brockett Pecans
1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
3 cups pecan halves
2 Tbs sugar
1 tsp salt

Melt butter in large skillet. Add cumin and cayenne; cook and stir for 1 min. Remove from the heat; stir in the pecans, sugar and salt until well coated. Spread in a single layer in a large greased baking pan. Bake at 300` for 25-30 min. or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Cool and store in airtight container.

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