The Health Benefits Of Nuts

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Updated: 5/08/2012 6:25 pm
Walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts, and almonds.

These savory snacks pack a powerful nutritional punch!

"All nuts are a source of heart-healthy fats but they all have a slightly different nutrient profile. For example, almonds are a great source of fiber, calcium and magnesium. Pistachios are a great source of fiber and lutien for eye health; and then  walnuts are actually a great source...a vegetarian source of omega-3 fatty acids," said registered dietitian Marisa Moore.

Moore suggests eating some nuts everyday, as part of a well-balanced diet; but eat a handful instead of a canful. Also, look for labels that say dry-roasted or raw, instead of roasted. Often, that entails added oils.

Or you can choose a nut butter instead and get the same health benefits. But look for the label to just say almonds or peanuts versus added sugars or hydrogenated fat.


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