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Go Nuts for These Healthy Nut Choices

By Sara Butler

Nuts have had a bit of a bad reputation in the past due to the fact that they're high in fat and calories. Now the truth about nuts has been cracked wide open: They may be high in fat and calories, but they definitely deserve a place at the healthy eating table. Here are a few things you need to know about nuts and how to incorporate them into your healthy eating plan.

Nuts: Yes, They're Good For You

Nuts are a good choice for snacks and additions to your favorite meal, as long as you enjoy them in moderation. Every nut is unique which means that every type of nut has a different nutritional profile. They may contain different amounts of protein, fat, fiber, and carbohydrates, so it's important to know your nuts and make good choices.

The nut that is best for you is one that fits your lifestyle. For example, if you're trying to cut down on carbohydrates, then pecans are a great choice since they're low in net carbohydrates. If you need more protein in your diet, peanuts may fit the bill since they have eight grams of protein per serving. Do your research and discover what nuts are the best fit for you.

The Best Nuts

If you're unsure where to start, then here are a few superstar nuts to help you get started. The nutritional celebrities of the nut world include:

  • Walnuts - These beauties have a great balance of calories, protein, fiber, and carbohydrates. They're great for people looking to improve their cholesterol levels since they're rich in polyunsaturated fats, which have some major cardiovascular health benefits.
  • Cashews - If you're looking for a lower calorie per serving nut, then cashews may be just what you need as they have fewer calories per serving than some other nuts. They also are high in folate and copper, which help to keep your body building healthy cells.
  • Pistachios - These nuts are high in fiber while still managing to be lower in fats and carbs than some other nuts. They're also full of important minerals such as phosphorus and magnesium that your body needs to stay healthy.
  • Almonds - Perhaps the most popular nut for snacking, almonds are more than just crunchy and delicious. They are full of antioxidants and fiber to help support a healthy immune system and their mild flavor agrees with many palates.

Nuts are delicious and nutritious, so feel free to incorporate them into your daily life.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Woodland Hills, Calif.

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