Nuts & Kernels
Nuts and kernels – full of healthy nutrients
Anyone who eats a handful of nuts every day is greatly benefiting their fitness and health. Whereas “real” nuts like hazelnuts or walnuts are fruit botanically speaking and are a member of the nut family, almonds and pistachios, but also pecans and cashews are the kernels of stone fruit or accessory fruit. Pine nuts, pumpkin or sunflower seeds already suggest with their names that they are dried plant seeds – and that is also immediately obvious in the case of linseeds.
No matter whether you prefer to eat nuts or kernels: they all contain a high percentage of polyunsaturated fatty acids, but only a few saturated fatty acids. This benefits the heart and circulation and is important for a healthy cholesterol level. So it is worth always having a couple of nuts and kernels to hand! This is because they are real powerhouses with a very beneficial nutrient density. For instance, nuts contain between 40 and 60 per cent fat, up to 25 per cent protein, complex carbohydrates and dietary fibres. That is the reason why they quickly produce a pleasant feeling of satiety without having to eat a lot of them.
That is why nuts are so healthy
- Thanks to a protein content of up to 25 per cent, nuts supply you with lots of valuable protein.
- They support our brain’s capacity with building blocks of messengers like choline or lecithin.
- Walnuts contain a particularly high percentage of essential omega-3 fatty acids which your body cannot produce itself.
- Your daily required intake of vitamin E is already covered by a handful of almonds – thus protecting the body’s cells against attack by free radicals.
- Cashew nuts are rich in tryptophan, an amino acid which is converted into serotonin in the body – the so-called “happiness hormone” which has an antidepressant, mood-lifting, relaxing and soporific effect.
Other important information – from Raisins'n'Nuts to linseeds
Whether for baking, cooking or as a healthy snack for in between meals – nuts have long been a classic, tasty supplier of nutrients in our daily lives. This is above all the case if they are presented in such an appealing way as Raisins'n'Nuts, which here in Switzerland is also called “Tutti Frutti”. The mixture of raisins and almonds, as well as other dry fruit and unsalted cashews, Brazil nuts, peanuts, walnuts or hazelnuts, has always been known as a hangover cure in student circles, but it has now quite officially established itself as food which is good for the nerves and keeps you fit. This applies to many kernels or seeds in any case: pine nuts from the stone pine strengthen the immune and nervous systems, pumpkin seeds are known as a traditional remedy for bladder and prostate problems, and sunflower seeds have a very positive effect on the blood count due to the fact that they have the highest folate content of all known foods. What’s more, even tiny linseeds – the world’s firsts superfood cultivated as early as 6,000 years ago – contain enormous amounts of anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fibres and powerful antioxidants which are important for maintaining a healthy hormonal balance in the body and ensure better digestion and healthy skin.
On this page, you will find all nuts and kernels mentioned and also the popular Raisins'n'Nuts in large packs which are especially suitable for catering businesses. Order these energisers in bulk packs and give them to your guests every single day!
How Studentenfutter (literally student food) got its name: When the popular snack was introduced in the 17th/18th century, almonds were particularly expensive and only accessible to financially well-off people – which at that time included the students who all came from “good homes”.