Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Holiday Nuts

'Tis the season for nuts, and boy are there a lot out there. If you're feeling stressed, one nut you don't want to pass up is the brazil nut. Let its deep mahogany, ridged, crescent-shaped shell lure you into exploring the creamy-colored flesh inside. Do it for the flavor. If that doesn't entice you, consider that the brazil nut is the most selenium-dense food you can eat. And selenium is a pretty powerful antioxidant; it can stave off cancer, promote clear arteries, and reduce pain from arthritis, all through its ability to quench free radicals. (The National Institutes of Health has a nice fact sheet on selenium's benefits.)

Just 3 brazil nuts contain more selenium than one 200-mcg tablet, the typical dose in over-the-counter selenium supplements. Why crunch a tasteless tablet when for the 80 calories in those three nuts you can also get a little protein, calcium, magnesium, and an assortment of other vitamins and minerals?

Find yourself a nutcracker and take care of a few Holiday nuts!

From the mixed nuts bowl:

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