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The Nutritional Health Benefits of Pine Nuts


Overview
Pine nuts are the edible seeds of pine trees. Pine Trees grow wild in the forests and they do not need water or fertilizers to grow. The trees can live over 150 years.
The seeds are contained in kernels inside the pine tree cones. When the cones gets dry (sun dried), the kernels are shaken out of the cone and cracked to get the pine nuts. Harvesting the nuts is labor intensive that’s why they are generally more expensive than the other nuts.


Cuisine
Pine nuts have been used in Middle Eastern cuisine for thousands of years. They are either used raw, roasted or pan fried. They are mostly incorporated in stuffings (kebbeh, fatayer etc.), used as a garnish (Hommos with meat), with some drinks (Jellab) and in sauces (pesto sauce). They are also preserved in honey jars.


Nutritional Health Benefits
Pine nuts contain high amount of proteins, fats and dietary fibers. 100g of pine nuts contains around 600 – 700 calories.

1.Appetite Suppressant: (Pinoleic acid)
Pine nuts contain “Pinoleic acid” that helps the stomach stimulate a hormone (the hormone is named: CCK) that act as an appetite suppressant (slows down rate of digestion and gives the feeling of full stomach).

2.Cholesterol Reduction: (Oleic acid)
Pine nuts contain “Oleic acid” that is a mono-saturated fat (a good fat, like olive oil) that helps reduce cholesterol and protects the arteries from damage (heart healthy).

3.Rich in Antioxidants
Pine nuts have high concentrations of antioxidants, which help protect the cells from free radical damage.

4.Decrease Muscle Cramps: (Magnesium)
Pine nuts contain “Magnesium” that helps in relieving muscle cramps, fatigue and tension.

Caution:
Some people may be allergic to pine nuts.

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