I'm a bit of a nut head. An entire shelf in my kitchen cupboard is dedicated to my nut collection, with each kind of nut having its own designated jar. I also keep snack sizes of mixed nuts to stash in my purse when I'm heading out the door. When enjoyed in their raw state and preferably organic, nuts are a great source of protein, fiber, and they even lower bad cholesterol and triglycerides level. Not all nuts are created equal, and not watching your nut serving size can often do more harm than good. Here's a primer on getting the most out of your own nut habit.
- A Mini Nutritional Nut Breakdown: A look at popular nuts including pecans, macadamia nuts, almonds, pistachios, and peanuts. Analysis is based on a one-ounce serving of each nut and includes calorie, fat, saturated fat, and protein amounts.
- Extensive Nutritional Nut Breakdown: This chart will tell you the nitty-gritty about your favorite nuts, like how much sodium, calcium, and iron are in a one-ounce serving.
- Nut Butter 1-0-1: Find out how creamy, organic, and all-natural nut butters fare against one another in the nutrition department. Whether you like soy nut butter, peanut butter, macadamia nut butter, or almond butter, they are all included in this list.
- Healing Nuts: Did you know that the Omega-3 content in walnuts helps protect against coronary heart disease, depression, and menstrual cramps? Now it's time to learn about the health benefits of other popular nuts including pistachios, peanuts, pecans, and almonds.
Keep reading to learn more about your favorite nuts.