Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Nut Nutrition without Dental Drama

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Nut Nutrition without Dental Drama

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LIVING NATURALLY

OLWEN ANDERSON

IF YOUR aging teeth and gums mean you have to push away the proffered bowl of nuts, don't worry.

You can still access the nutritional powers of nuts, their wonderful flavour and texture.

Nuts are true high-density nutrition, a solution to that paradox of aging: that you need more nutrients than ever to maintain your body, but your ability to assimilate those nutrients decreases.

Nuts can offer you about 15% protein, helpful for vegetarians. They're loaded to a greater or lesser degree with beneficial oils, and with those healthy fats come fat-soluble vitamins, helpful for heart health, your skin and as an antioxidant.

There are a bundle of minerals included too -- remember that nuts are actually the seed for a new tree, so they contain all the minerals required to create that living plant.

Nuts are particularly rich in vitamin E, an important antioxidant to help keep your cell membranes functioning well. Vitamin E also enhances the activity of vitamin A in your gastrointestinal tract, helping maintain the integrity of the mucous membrane that transfers nutrients into your bloodstream.

So although you may have had to give away your trusty nut cracker, reach for nut butters, nut meal or nut milks instead. …

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