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Nutty Nutrition: Facts About Nuts

By Sara Butler

Nuts are more versatile than you may think. They are easy to take with you, delicious with a large variety of different foods, and have a million uses when cooking. They’re also packed with healthy fats and proteins your body uses to stay healthy. Here are a few things you can use to nurture your nut knowledge and put nuts to good use in your pursuit of better health and wellness.

Which Nuts are the Healthiest?

If you’ve ever wondered which nut the best is, wonder no more! Pistachios and almonds are both top contenders because they’ve got the most protein per serving, coming in at 6 grams per ounce. The lowest protein content goes to the pine nut, which only has about 1 gram per serving. Not to say pine nuts don’t have their place, but they simply may not stick with you as almonds or pistachios do.

It’s the Good Fat

You’ve probably heart that nuts are full of fat, which is true, but it’s the good fat! Nuts are full of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats that help to reduce triglyceride and cholesterol levels in your blood. That means that making nuts a regular part of your nutrition plan can help reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Not All Nuts are Equal

All nuts have fat, but walnuts have the most heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids per serving. So, if you’re looking for something to add a little pizzazz to your next dish and give you’re a dose of heart-healthy fat, then walnuts are what you’re looking for.

Peanuts are Technically a Legume

Yes, you read that right -- peanuts aren’t a nut. Did you just feel a shift in the space/time continuum?

Legumes, such as beans, peas, and -- yes -- peanuts, are multiple seeds from a pod. Other nuts are just a single seed within a shell. Of course, that doesn’t mean that peanut butter isn’t good for you or isn’t a great source of protein, but you never know when you’ll need to know this stuff!

They’re Full of Fiber

Fiber is something almost everyone needs more of. Men should have 35 grams per day while women should have 25 grams. How much are you really getting? If you want more, then go with almonds. They have the highest fiber content of any nut with three grams per ounce.

Go ahead, go nuts for nuts!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Shreveport, La.

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