You’re Not Eating Enough Nuts, And It’s A Problem

good nuts

If you have been to the grocery store lately, you know that nuts – almonds and cashews, in particular – are quickly becoming trendy in the health food community. Aside from the literature you could probably read, if you were so inclined, the skyrocketing price of cashew butter is a decent indication that there are newfound benefits to consuming such a tincture. The public relations battle surrounding the California drought may have something to do with the high cost, I guess, but there’s a lot of water in Gatorade, too, and it’s not $9 a bottle.

Anyway, the point is, people are onto nuts, and how good they are. Cheryl Mussatto, a registered dietician, writes for the Osage County News:

Nuts are rich in the healthy oils of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, along with omega-3 fatty acids. Nuts come from plants, therefore they contain no cholesterol; in addition they are free of trans fats and very low in saturated fat. The healthy fats combined with fiber, phytosterols and flavonoids also found in nuts, all make contributions to lowering blood cholesterol and improving heart health.

Nuts’ high fat and calorie content have made people fearful of weight gain. A half cup of pistachios contains 160 calories while a quarter cup of walnuts or almonds each contain 180 calories. However, there is no need to abstain, as nuts’ high protein and fiber content counteract making us feel full, and studies have shown eating nuts can actually be associated with a reduced risk of weight gain. A medium-sized handful a day is the perfect portion to eat.

In other words, we’ve always known that nuts are fatty foods, but have only recently gotten smart enough to realize that there are good and bad kinds of fat. Our nutritional understanding has taken a leap forward, and as a result, we have free license to eat honey roasted peanuts, pecan pie, and cashew chicken. Thank you, science!