The seed of Pine tree receives the name of pinion. Since pine is the name given to various species of conifers, pine nuts can have very different characteristics, measuring from two to twenty millimeters long depending on the case.
The pinion of the stone pine (the tree whose scientific name is Pinus pinea) and other pine species, for example, can be ingested as food. It is a light-colored almond that is characterized by its sweet flavor.
The sprockets have a very hard coverage. Under refrigerated conditions they can be kept for a long time weather, especially if they have its shell. Heat and humidity, on the other hand, are detrimental to these seeds.
Health benefits of pine nuts
The pinion can be used in various recipes, both sweet and salty. It is a highly recommended food for being one of the most complete and nutritious, as it contains: monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids; vitamins A, B, C, E, B2, B3, B6 and B9; calories; potassium; match; iron; zinc; proteins; fiber; sodium; calcium; magnesium; carbohydrates.
Thanks to the fatty acids, the pine nut is a great source of Energy; In addition, it facilitates the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and protects the liver, kidneys and heart, among other organs. Regarding its magnesium content, it greatly benefits the cardiovascular system, protecting blood vessels by acting as a vasodilator, stabilizing blood pressure and heart rate; on the other hand, it increases the production of white blood cells, which boosts the immune system.
Zinc, for its part, collaborates with the formation of bones and facilitates the absorption of vitamin A and collagen (among other proteins). In the growth stage (which includes childhood and adolescence), during pregnancy and in the elderly, it is an especially recommended food.
The pine nut is considered a natural antioxidant, and this is due to its high content of vitamin E, which offers this property and protects the systems immune, nervous and cardiovascular in addition to cells, prevents the formation of thrombi and the destruction of red blood cells.
Although the pine nut contains fat in high proportions, its regular intake can have beneficial results when trying to lose weight. It does this by reducing our appetite through the release of acid pinoleic. It is important to remember that being overweight is detrimental to your health; For this reason and not for aesthetic reasons, we must avoid excesses.
The sense of sight also receives benefits from pine nuts as a food, since, thanks to its lutein content, it prevents certain diseases ocular, such as cataracts and macular degeneration. As if this were not enough, it has the invaluable vitamin A, essential for the health of the eyes.
To take advantage of these benefits, it is important do not consume more than 50 grams of nuts per day, so that we can control triglyceride and cholesterol levels in the blood and avoid inappropriate weight gain.
There are other uses of the pinion concept that are not linked to pines. A pinion can be, in this sense, a part that is part of a gear or other transmission system. This piece is a wheel, usually toothed, that rotates in solidarity with a larger one.
Among the bicycles, you can find vehicles with freewheel (which allows the free rotation of a axis in one direction and its gear in the opposite direction) or with fixed gear (The pedals do not stop moving as the bike moves, preventing gear changes).
Fixed PinionFinally, it is the name of a character created and performed by the Argentine Fabian Gomez, which combines elements of clowns, mimes, jugglers and comedians.