Pine Nuts – New Diet Secret

Pine nuts make you feel full. The secret ingredient is picolinic acid which acts on hormones that signal the brain to stop eating. Satiety is a greatly sought after quality in the diet industry, which is why pine nuts are included in many diet products. And for every gram of saturated fat, they contain over 5 grams of heart healthy monounsaturated fats.  That’s a very healthy ratio for those keen on lowering cholesterol.

What else should you know about pine nuts?

  • Excellent source of protein (up to 30%) – high protein dieters and vegetarians take note.
  • Excellent source of vitamin B1, essential for carbohydrate metabolism (and that includes metabolism of alcohol)
  • Good source of antioxidants
  • Good for the heart
  • Natural antiinflammatory

Yet another overlooked string to the bow of the Mediterranean diet, pine nuts are native to southern Europe and found in the cuisine of every country.  You will find them in pastries and stuffed tomatoes from Turkey.  In Italy they can be found in biscotti and pesto.  At home it’s easy to add raw or roasted pine nuts to salads and pasta.

Pesto is an excellent sauce high in healthy levels of monounsaturated oils derived from olive oil and pine nuts.  Make it when basil is in full bloom at the end of summer and freeze in thin layers to add to vegetable soups in winter.  See our recipe for Green Pesto Pasta.



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