Native to the countries of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India. Pinenuts or Jalghoza is a long and thin pine nut seed that has been roasted to a fine sweet taste. Grown in the wild you can expect great quality from its preparation. The seeds are broken open and eaten with tea or mixed with foods and salads. Pine nuts are a high protein nut that come from pinecones that grow on pine trees. The pine family of trees, produce both male and female pine cones, although nuts are only found in fertilized female cones. Harvesting of the nuts can be a fairly labor-intensive task since the cones need to be heated to help dislodge the nuts. This is why pine nuts are generally more expensive than other nuts.
Along with high protein and fat levels, pine nuts are also filled with amino acids, making them a great source of nutrition. More recently oil has been extracted from the pine nuts and used as both a dietary supplement for which can help suppress the appetite (and therefore used to combat weight-loss) and for its antioxidant action.
Weight Loss: Pine nuts contain two important chemicals, endogenous cholecystokinin (CCK) and glucagon like peptide-1 (GLP-1) that once consumed, contribute to individuals feeling satiated – and not wanting to eat further. A further study in the Netherlands supports these findings, concluding that Korean pine nuts in particular, can work as an appetite suppressant.
Cholesterol: Consumption of pine nut oil (and in some cases as much as 17g daily) has been shown to help reduce cholesterol. Further it can help combat hypertension by normalizing the lipid spectrum of blood. Essentially, pinolenic acid stimulates hepatic LDL uptake, which in turn lowers cholesterol levels in the body.
Heart Health: Pine nuts don’t just have high levels of monounsaturated fat and arginine, they also contain high levels of magnesium and potassium, and these four ingredients can assist in preventing heart disease