National Nut Day will celebrate all that is great about eating nuts. As well as being
a delicious snack and cooking ingredient, nuts are:
· Highly nutritious – a source of vital fatty acids, omega fats, protein and
many vitamins and minerals.
· Good for the environment – switching our main source of protein from meat
to nuts whenever we can helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In addition the
trade in Brazil nuts helps to preserve the Amazon rainforest.
· Good for our health – the Government’s Chief Medical Officer says 18,000 premature
deaths from heart disease would be avoided every year if we cut our meat consumption
by half. Nuts are a good value form of protein which can help us do this.
· One of the least well-known items in the Fairtrade shopping basket - yet UK
nut lovers can buy Fairtrade Brazil nuts, cashews, peanuts, walnuts and almonds.
This means the farmers and gatherers are protected by the guaranteed fair deal which
comes with Fairtrade.