Nuts and Seeds by Patsy Westcott

I’ve been interested in nutrition and read extensively on healthy and less healthy diets. So I was intrigued to read Nuts and Seeds by Patsy Westcott* as I am already sold on the idea of eating healthy and also on the importance of nuts and good fats into one’s diet.

I need to emphasize that, unlike the author’s views, I have a diet based on carbs, as in these make up 50% of my calorie intake. I am not counting at the moment, but I did in the past, and so I am aware of the percentages of the macronutrients. In the book she talks about different kind of nuts and seeds, from almonds to chia seeds. She talks about their nutritional value and different ways to prepare them.

Nuts and Seeds by Patsy Westcott

What I liked best in this book is that she presents the medical research in a balanced way. If a study is made on 15 people, she mentions that. Obviously, a study on 15 American men who eat a meat-based, processed diet is not going to be very relevant for me, an European woman, and also a vegetarian for over a decade. Of course they are slightly relevant when it comes to diet related issues, such as high cholesterol. Those kind of studies are interesting and worth mentioning, but their limitations should be presented and Westcott does that throughout the book, which is great.

If you want to add more nuts and seeds into your diet, reading this book can be very helpful. Also, diversifying both the kind of nuts and how they are prepared is very interesting and she highlights this in the book. At the end of each presentation of a nut or seed, she makes suggestions on how to add them into the diet, which is a nice addition too.

Nuts and Seeds by Patsy Westcott

Details about the picture: I made one of my favourite desserts as prop, dates filled with nut butters. I made dates filled with, clockwise, with butters of pistachio, hazelnut, peanut, pistachio again, and almond.
My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Pen and Sword
Year it was published: 2020
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): Food & Drinks
Pages: 176

About the author: Patsy Westcott is a medical journalist and writer. She has written many books and contributes regularly to magazines and newspapers. She enjoys travelling, windsurfing and Latin American dancing.
Website & Social Media Links: Pen and Sword

*I was sent a copy of Nuts and Seeds by Patsy Westcott for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

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