pinenut1.jpgTrue to the adage ‘good things come in small packs’, these tiny pine nuts are packed to the brim with tons of energy. The Siberians would think that you are nutty, if you tell them that you have not had a taste of pine nuts so far!

Did you know that pine nuts can curb your hunger pangs by giving you a feeling of fullness? Besides that, pine nuts also slacken your bowel movement, which again make you feel chock-full. All these special features of pine nuts are due to the presence of a potent hormone, (CCK) or cholecystokinin.

For ages, Siberians are thought to have used these nuts to pull them through their arduous hunting trips and to keep up their energy levels. Handy, yummy and filling- these nuts make great trail mix. Even till today, Siberians munch a few pine nuts before a meal, to make sure that they do not over-eat.

These tasty nuts have a light, nutty tang and contain some fatty acids that are capable of holding back hunger. It is estimated that one cup of pine nut (just about one ounce) provides you 190 calories and 19g of fat, while its carbohydrate content is only 4g.

No other nut or seed has more protein than Pine nuts. In addition, pine nuts are store houses of many vitamins including vitamins E, B3, B1 and B2 apart from essential amino acids, beta-carotene, magnesium, copper, zinc, iron and iodine, which are essential for healthy living.

Pine nuts and pine nut oil contain the polyunsaturated fat of Pinolenic acid, which stimulates the hunger suppressing hormones such as CCK. Pinolenic acid is an essential ingredient of many diet formulas for repressing hunger as they act by sending signals to your brain that your stomach is already full.

Now all you have to do is just to toss a few nuts into your mouth to chuck out those extra pounds! Does that sound like music to your ears?

How do pine nuts act to suppress hunger? The peptide hormone of cholecystokinin is produced during food ingestion to be released into the blood. It is this hormone that makes you feel satiated. It is thought that the fractional digestion of proteins also results in the production of CCK. Remember that pine nuts are extremely rich in protein.

Extensive researches have been made on CCK ever since it was discovered 30 years ago. The studies have established that CCK production takes place at the duodenum, when your stomach is full.

This in turn conveys this message to the brain. CCK also brings about the discharge of pancreatic digestive enzymes, contraction of gall bladder and reduction of the rate of bowel movements, which also gives you a feeling of fullness.

Moreover, Pine nuts help in improving digestion and enhancing cardiovascular health. It increases satiety and is also helpful in managing gastrointestinal problems, autoimmune disorders and inflammation. You can make a myriad of preparations by including these resourceful nuts in your diet.

Whip it up into a sumptuous salad or throw in a few nuts into your pasta or soup for that crunchy and crispy feel! Pine nuts could be made into yummy dips that are ideal for pita chips or vegetable sticks. Or follow the time tested Siberian way – pop a few raw nuts right into your mouth and see the magic that works on you!