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Are There Nuts That Increase Estrogen?

by
author image Jill Andrews
Jill Andrews began writing professionally for various online publications since 2009. Andrews holds a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry/nutrition from Memorial University in St.John's, Newfoundland. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Are There Nuts That Increase Estrogen?
Pistachios are a good source of phytoestrogens. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images

Estrogen refers to a group of steroid compounds that play an important role in your body. They are present in larger amounts in women than men, and contribute to proper functioning of the menstrual cycle and development of secondary sex characteristics. According to dietaryfiberfood.com, some natural plant sources can act as estrogenic agents. These plant sources are called phytoestrogens and can be found in some dietary foods, such as nuts. Consuming these foods may help increase the estrogen in your body.

Almonds

Almonds are a good source of phytoestrogens, according to Dietaryfiberfood.com. Almonds contain 131.1 ug of phytoestrogens per 100 g serving. Almonds can be eaten raw as a snack. They can also be added to salads and stir-fries for an extra boost of nutrition and flavor.

Peanuts

Peanuts are also a good source of phytoestrogens. In a 100 g serving of peanuts, there is 34.5 ug of phytoestrogens, according to dietaryfiberfood.com. Peanuts are commonly eaten raw as a snack or in salads. They can also be ground into peanut butter and used as a spread or a sauce for dishes.

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Pistachios

Pistachios are the richest source of phytoestrogens among nuts. Dietaryfiberfood.com says that a 100 g serving of pistachios can provide your body with 382.5 ug of phytoestrogens. Pistachios can be eaten raw, in a trail mix, or added to baked goods and recipes. They can also be incorporated into salads and cooked meals.

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