Monday, November 3, 2008

Simple Food Storage Items - Nuts

Squirrels are usually quite busy in the fall and early part of winter. They are busily stockpiling nuts for their food storage to help them make it through the winter months. They know that food sources can become scarce in the winter and take time to prepare ahead of time. One of the main things they stock up on is nuts and with very good reasons. Nuts are great sources of nutrients needed by your body that aren’t readily available in the winter!

Nuts are packed with protein, vitamins (B1 and B6), and many trace minerals (potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, etc.). When considering your options, a mix of different kinds of nuts can be good for your health. Each kind of nut has its own individual nutrient values. There are many different kinds of nuts that grow naturally in abundance in many parts of the country. They can be a valuable source of nutrients in your food supply. If possible, try to incorporate a variety of nuts into your meals and your food storage.

Types of Nuts and their Nutritional Values per Ounce

(RDA= Recommended Dietary Allowance)

1.) Almonds (1 oz. serving = 24 whole nuts, approx.)

Almonds contain vitamin E (40% of RDA), magnesium (20% of RDA), phosphorous (15% of RDA) and calcium (8% RDA).

2.) Cashews (1 oz. serving = 18 whole nuts, approx.)

Cashews contain copper (30% of RDA), magnesium (205), phosphorous (15%), iron (10%), selenium (6%), and zinc (10%).

3.) Macadamia nuts (1 oz. serving = 11 whole nuts, approx.)

Macadamias contain 17 grams of mono-unsaturated fat and vitamin B1 (15% of RDA).

4.) Peanuts (1 oz. serving = 30 whole nuts, approx.)

Peanuts contain 7 grams of protein and folate (10% of RDA).

5.) Pecans (1 oz. serving = 10 whole nuts, approx.)

Pecans contain 13 grams of mono-unsaturated fat and zinc (10% of RDA).

6.) Pistachios (1 oz. serving = 47 whole nuts, approx.)

Pistachios contain 290 milligrams of potassium, vitamin B6 (25% of RDA), phosphorous (15%), vitamin B1 (15%), and vitamin A (4%).

7.) Walnuts (1 oz. serving = 7 whole nuts, approx.)

Walnuts contain 14 grams of poly-unsaturated fat, copper (25% of RDA), and vitamin B6 (8%).

This only a partial listing of the great varieties of nuts that are available. Many of these you may have growing in your own yard.
Observe Nature and you can learn a lot. So, be like the squirrel! Stock up now!

If you store nuts in an airtight container and put them in the freezer, they will last for several years. I think most squirrels know this and use Nature’s deep freeze (winter) to help them preserve their food storage.
Staying above the water line!

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