An acorn, derived from the oak tree, is more like a grain than a nut. Native Americans such as the Cherokee, Apache, Pima, and Ojibwa harvested acorns regularly and used them as an insurance food, in case food supply became scarce. They made acorn flour for bread. Acorns have been said to be more nutritional than wheat and corn.
Nuts and seeds play a major role in a vegetarian diet. They naturally contain enzyme inhibitors that prevent proper digestion. This means that snacking on raw organic nuts may not be as healthy as you think. However, soaking nuts and seeds in clean water before eating helps awaken those enzymes.
Who knew that splurging on nuts could render so many health benefits? Well, apparently The Body Ecology Diet staff has an idea or two about how powerful these crunchy snacks can be when eaten correctly. “Their mix of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and fiber will help you feel full and suppress your appetite,” says Judy Caplan, MS, RD, the media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.