pine nuts

 Are a rich source of essential fats- predominately polyunsaturated fat (57% of total), monounsaturated fat, (33% of total fat) and a low proportion of ‘unhealthy’ saturated fat (6% of total fat). They are free from trans fats and dietary cholesterol

pine nuts:

  • contain 140mg of plant sterols per 100g. 2-3 g of plant   sterols per day may help to lower blood cholesterol levels by about 10% by reducing cholesterol reabsorption in the intestine
  • contain plant protein- the amino acid- arginine- which is the building block of protein which is converted to nitric oxide in the body which helps blood vessels to dilate and remain elastic

contain useful amounts of

  • iron– 30g gives 10% of the daily RDI
  • zinc- 30g gives 10% of the daily RDI
  • manganese- important for bone formation and the metabolism of protein, fat and carbohydrates
  • 30g of pinenuts provides around 10% of the DRI of niacin (water soluble Vitamin B)