Sprouted pili nuts are a hot item thanks to growing interest in the ketogenic diet. A great addition to any dietary regimen, and touted as the next superfood, pili nuts have an incredible nutritional profile. One ounce contains 22 grams of high quality fat, 3 grams of complete protein and just 1 gram of carbohydrates (0.2 net carbohydrates). In addition, pili nuts are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, thiamine (B1) and manganese.
This on-the-go snack is grown in the volcanic soil of the Philippines and is packed with essential nutrients. There are currently several brands on the market in ready-to-eat packages. Box owners can offer this amazing nut directly to clients for fueling pre- and post-exercise. Flavors range from exotic and sophisticated to classically delicious. Choose from ranch, pizza, Himalayan salt, cacao and more.
With the highest fat content of any nut, pili nuts are a calorie rich food. A handful goes a long way in curbing hunger. Fat assists in hormone regulation, reduces inflammation, and is required in the metabolization of fat soluble vitamins, such as vitamin D and K2. Reduced inflammation has numerous health benefits, including improved range of motion and strength. Cholesterol (fat) is needed to make the body’s natural steroid hormones, which are vital for muscle building and body fat loss.
For those following a ketogenic diet, pili nuts can aid in boosting blood ketones. Pili nuts are highest in fat, followed by protein, and contain only 0.2 net carbohydrates per ounce. This is the ideal macronutrient profile in supporting a keto diet. Few snacks are available to followers of a keto lifestyle and many, presently on the market, contain added junk. The all natural pili nut provides an alternative for healthy keto snacking.
Since we all know the muscle building benefits of protein, let’s cover which proteins pili nuts bring to the table. These nutritional powerhouses contain all nine essential amino acids, which classify the nuts as a complete protein. Altogether, pili nuts contain 18 amino acids.
It is rare to find a plant-based complete protein, making pili nuts a vegan and vegetarian gold mine. The convenience of pili nuts allows for an easy and portable snacking solution that is protein rich. Suitable for most diets, these are a health nut’s dream, with no messy protein powders to deal with.
A lack of B vitamins can cause feelings of low energy. The B family of vitamins assist in converting protein and sugar into energy and repairing cells. Pili nuts are high in most B vitamins:
The energy from B vitamins helps performance during high-intensity workouts. While there are endless vitamin B supplements on the market, real food sources are superior for bioavailability. Pili nuts contain five of the eight B vitamins. Another important vitamin, essential to protecting tissue and skeletal muscle, is Vitamin E and is also found in pili nuts.
Several important minerals are found in pili nuts. The pili trees grow in volcanic rich soil, only found in a few locations around the world. This soil provides a distinct nutrient density. Many of the minerals found in pili nuts can be difficult to find in everyday foods, especially when a large amount of produce is grown in mineral depleted soil. The nuts are high in several minerals:
Just over one ounce of nuts provides about one third of daily magnesium requirements. Magnesium is important for oxygen uptake, energy production, electrolyte balance, sleep and many other important functions. One cup of cooked, not raw, spinach is equal in magnesium to one ounce of pili nuts. Over half of the American population is thought to be low in magnesium. Pili nuts are a convenient whole food source of this key mineral.
Manganese plays a role in the metabolism of amino acids, cholesterol and carbohydrates. Zinc is known for immune boosting effects, but is also utilized in cell division, hormone levels and the protein synthesis process. Balanced copper levels aid in iron and estrogen metabolism, as well as the production of neurotransmitters and serotonin. Last but not least, phosphorus promotes energy production.
Pili nuts can be an important tool in supporting the body’s needs. Not just for exercise, but for everyday nutritional requirements. The rich buttery flavor compliments most diets and provides a whole food answer for people with dietary restrictions.
By Jennifer Eidahl, product development at Pure Traditions Foods. Jennifer has her Bachelor of Science degrees in Public Health and Psychology and is also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 503.914.4742 or visit puretraditionsfoods.com/pili-nuts-home.html.