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Go Nuts for Nuts!

Jul 7th, 2018

Category: Body

Go Nuts for Nuts!

Do you enjoy nuts for snacks but are worried that they may not be a healthy choice?

 Below are the five healthiest nuts for snacking and why they are good for you.


Peanuts:  Provide seven grams protein per one-ounce serving (about 30 nuts).  However, it is healthier to buy them unsalted because it is often too much sodium for one serving. So add a small amount of sea salt at your discretion for flavor.


Walnuts:  The biggest benefit is that they are the only nuts that contain significant amounts of ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), an omega-3 fat that reduces inflammation and is good for your heart.  Studies have shown ALA to prevent heart attacks, lower high blood pressure, and reverse hardening of the blood vessels.


Cashews:  Though cashews are not high in fiber, they boast the lowest fat content per ounce of any nut and contain five grams of protein per 18 cashews. They also contain high levels of two antioxidants (lutein and zeaxanthin), which are good for your eye health.


Pistachios:  *Nicknamed the “skinny nut,” pistachios are low in calories and fat, though rich in fiber, antioxidants, and potassium.  One ounce contains more potassium than half of a large banana. Tip: Pistachios can be addicting, so buy them in-shell so you do not eat them as fast!

(*Reference:  Muscle and Fitness)


Almonds:  These nuts have plenty of muscle-building protein — about six grams per 23 almonds. Of all tree nuts, 

almonds rank highest in protein, fiber, calcium, and vitamin E.

As with everything that you put in your mouth, be aware of how much you are ingesting. With nuts, only so many pieces are equal to one serving for each nut, based on weight and amount of protein and fat.  Be sure to separate a large bag into individual snack-size servings to avoid over-indulging.