General Information from
Independent Scientific Consultant
Raw nuts and dried fruits have always been an essential part of the traditional healthy Mediterranean diet. Both may be beneficial in the fight against chronic degenerative diseases and supply energy for exercise and physical effort. Like all plant foods, nuts are a good source of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
They also have high levels of healthy fats (mono and polyunsaturated fats) and low levels of unhealthy fats (saturated fats). Nuts are also a good source of fiber and have a low glycemic index, which means they will help keep you “full” for longer.
Nuts contain around 10% to 20% of protein, a similar amount what’s found in eggs. They figure alongside meat and eggs in the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating, as they share similar nutrient profiles. So, nuts can be a good source of protein for vegetarians and vegans alike.