Nuts Pack a Powerful Punch!

February 27th, 2018

Nuts are the little snack that is known to pack a powerful nutritional punch

 

Today’s post is written by Ivy Ray, Account Manager at SafeSourcing Inc.

Nuts are the little snack that is known to pack a powerful nutritional punch!  There are several tree nuts that are considered a great source of gluten free nutrition. Research has shown that nut consumption has consistently been found to be associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases.  Here are a few nuts that we’ve sourced:

Almonds
The US is the largest market for almonds, with about 30% of the crop sold for domestic use. About 52% of all almonds produced go into retail products, 20% go to foodservice applications, and the remaining 28% is used for bulk sales and snacking. Seventy percent of the almond crop is shipped internationally with Spain, Germany, Japan, China and India being the leading export markets. Today, 80% of the world’s supply of almonds comes from California. When compared ounce for ounce, almonds are the tree nut highest in protein, fiber, calcium, vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), riboflavin and niacin. Among tree nuts, they are the best source of six of the 13 nutrients for which there are Daily Values (DV), and among the lowest in calories.

Cashews
Today the principal producing countries of cashews are India, Brazil, Vietnam and Mozambique.  Cashews are marketed in the shelled, roasted and salted forms for use as a snack and as an ingredient. Although cashews are one of the lowest-fiber nuts, they are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. These include vitamins E, K, and B6, along with minerals like copper, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, iron, and selenium, all of which are important for maintaining good bodily function. Cashews contain a lot of vitamins and nutrients, but they also contain a lot of fat. The good news is that these fats are mostly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated (the healthy fats).

Pecans
The principle producing countries for pecans are the U.S., Mexico, Australia and Israel. Pecans are marketed in in-shell or shelled form and can be eaten raw or roasted. Pecans are the top nut and are among the top foods to contain the highest antioxidant capacity. This means pecans may help decrease the risk of cancer, neurological diseases and coronary heart disease. Pecans contain over 19 vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, zinc, magnesium and potassium.

Consumption of nuts has been linked to cancer prevention, heart health, and weight maintenance. They are packed with the vitamins and nutrients essential to good health.  Nuts are a great source of healthy nutrition, and SafeSourcing is your source for e-Procurement.

For more information on how SafeSourcing can assist you in exploring your procurement solutions for your business or on our “Risk Free” trial program, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service Representative.  We have an entire customer services team waiting to assist you today.
We look forward to your comments.

Sources……………………………………………………………..

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. 2010. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 23. Nutrient Data Laboratory Home Page, http://www.ars.usda.gov/ba/bhnrc/ndl
Texas Pecan Growers Association, www.pecans@tpga.org

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