NETWORK NEWS: DR PETER MANSFIELD

Nuts Are In

A small handful daily of almost any genuine nuts is a valuable contribution to your diet.

We go easy because of the calories, but Dr Joe Vinson in the USA has just reminded us what we are missing – minerals, anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids.

The key is in their function, as concentrated essential rations for the next generation of trees. The trees they hang from are sprayed rather than the soil around them, which means fewer pesticides reach the soil to kill the germs that convey minerals to the roots of the trees. Most field crops are seriously starved of minerals, making our usual diets 30-40% deficient.

Meanwhile the kernels are shielded by dense shells, so that sprays do not reach them.

But be wary of too many Brazil nuts, which are loaded with selenium and radioactive. 4-5 daily is plenty.

 

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