Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Go Nuts!

“Scientific evidence suggests... that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.”

Good News - Nuts are good for you and studies have even shown them to be helpful when it comes to losing weight. However, it can be some what confusing determining how many nuts are in an ounce and what sort of nuts we should be eating. So lets take a look at some of the most popular nuts available.

So just how many almonds/peanuts/cashews etc. equals an ounce? Check out this PDF -

If your looking to count calories, protein, fat and other nutrients you will want to print out this chart it will give the caloric break down to all of your favorite nuts.

**When it comes to buying nuts look for raw-unroasted/unsalted nuts or dry roasted nuts. While the salted and honey roasted varieties are tasty they pack added sugar, calories and sodium that we don't need. You may want to try toasting you nuts at home on the stove if raw nuts are not your favorite!

Looking for more information on Nuts check out The International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research & Education Foundation website at

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