Susan O’Brien, the founder of Hail Merry, explains why raw nuts are great snacks that Feed Your Body Royally!
Why do raw nuts taste better?
Let’s start with roasted nuts: the good fats found in nuts become vulnerable to oxidation at temperatures starting at 170 degrees. The more the surface of a nut is exposed to heat, light and air, the more likely it will oxidize and go rancid. Rancid oils are pro-inflammatory and produce free radicals (those nasty things that make us age!)
Raw nuts taste better and fresher because they are not exposed to high temperatures from roasting. Hail Merry dehydrates her nuts at 115 degrees. Once you taste a seasoned raw nut, you’ll never want to eat roasted nuts again.
Do nuts really help you lose weight?
Yes! Several studies have found that eating small amounts of nuts (in moderation - a handful per occasion) can help you lose weight because the fat and fiber content of nuts makes them very filling. Studies show that as a result of eating nuts, dieters do not feel as hungry and ultimately eat less.
Do you have a favorite nut?
I love them all! Each nut Mother Nature gave us has its own unique combination of plant-based dietary oils. Some are higher in monounsaturated oils like almonds, and others are higher in polyunsaturated oils like pecans. Plus they have protein and fiber!
I love our Royal Nut Blend because we not only season the nuts with beautiful organic herbs and spices, but each nut really has it’s own special flavor, like the naturally sweet cashews and spicy pecans. It’s the perfect snack to munch on before a work out, while traveling, or watching your favorite sports team. Oh and by the way they go great with a cold beer or a glass of wine.
Peace & Light,
Susan O’Brien is a trained raw food chef and the founder of Hail Merry. She lives in Dallas with her husband and three sons. For more info about Susan and Hail Merry please visit Hail Merry and follow Hail Merry at @HailMerrySnacks.
Hail Merry's Miracle Tarts & Macaroons can be found in the refrigerated Dairy, Natural or Bakery section at your local grocer. Find store list here.
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