Holiday aperitifs: 7 seeds under the microscope

Holiday aperitifs give rise to massive intakes of calories. Often they include seeds such as peanuts, almonds, pistachios, cashews, etc. So, among them, which ones to favor so as not to jeopardize your figure? Answers.

The aperitif is one of the worst times to control your weight. It is a friendly moment where we meet with friends or family. Result, we discuss. And we eat without consciousness since we help ourselves and refill without realizing what we are consuming.

Among the foods found in the holiday buffets that precede the meal, we often find seeds. Almonds, pistachios, cashews, peanuts, etc. Difficult to resist. But you should know that in terms of diet, all are not the same. Overall, we can say that all oilseeds are good for you except peanuts.

But under certain conditions. They should be eaten in small quantities, and above all, plain. That is to say without salt or treatment, and not roasted or caramelized. However, most aperitifs consist ofoilseeds trade, namely processed and denatured products. A disaster for the line, but not only. Too much salt causes water retention, stimulates appetite, etc.

Without industrial processing, almonds and seeds are full of fiber, which makes it easy to get satiated. In addition, fiber stimulates intestinal transit. But they also contain fat. Granted, they fall into the good fats category, but their reputation has been a bit overrated lately. Indeed if they have dietary qualities, they are still very high in calories, and as it is difficult to limit to two or three, we quickly consume more than reason. Which is not necessarily good for your health or the line. So which seeds to favor as an aperitif or to avoid?

Thanks to Véronique Liesse dietician nutritionist, author of “My bible to lose weight without diet”, Editions Leduc.

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2/7 – Squash seeds
These are seeds that come from the pumpkin. They have diuretic properties and can overcome urinary problems. Rich in proteins and full of various vitamins, they are however very caloric so we limit ourselves to 10g maximum.

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3/7 – Pistachios
Rich in good fats, it contains a lot of protein. But also vitamin B6, copper, phosphorus, manganese, iron and fibers. This means that they facilitate intestinal transit, protect against infections, and preserve cardiovascular health. It contains very little sugar, so it is suitable for diabetics. Avoid in a processed salty version, and we do not exceed 3 or 4. Which is not the ideal quantity to be satiated!

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4/7 – The peanuts
Most store-bought peanuts are salted and roasted. They have a less interesting composition from the nutritional point of view. Their high salt, fatty acids (bad for health) and their calorie content can have consequences on the line! By zapping them, you avoid jeopardizing your line.

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5/7 – Nuts
Rich in vitamin E, 12 hazelnuts contain 176 calories. Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant, prevents the aging of skin cells and the oxidation of bad cholesterol. B vitamins are found in trace amounts, especially vitamin B9 or folic acid, essential for pregnant women for the growth of the embryo. During a party aperitif, limit yourself to 8 if you are concerned about your figure.

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6/7 – Cashew nuts
Rich in magnesium, they contain zinc, which stimulates the immune system and protects us from cellular aging. It contains good fats which preserve the nervous system and prevent cardiovascular diseases. Obviously, no need to say that it is important not to abuse it. We therefore limit the quantities.

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7/7 – The almonds
Rich in antioxidants, various vitamins and fibers, they are not lacking in health benefits. Not to mention their essential fatty acids, in other words good fats for cardiovascular health. As long as they are eaten plain, without salt or industrial processing. However, these health benefits should not make us forget their high energy density and their richness in lipids. So overeating can lead to weight gain or difficulty losing weight. Better to avoid exceeding 30 g.

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