The Best and Worst Nuts for Your Health


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Nuts have gotten quite a bit of attention lately. Probably because people are finally recognizing that nuts have numerous health benefits. All nuts are terrific sources of protein, minerals, fatty acids, and various other nutrients that benefit the body in many ways.

Now having said that, there are some nuts that just aren’t as healthy for you as others and that’s a fact, especially when you are talking about how nuts are packaged.

Take a look at some of the best nuts you can eat, depending on what you are looking for, and the nuts you should probably avoid, or at least keep consumption to a bare minimum.


Best Nuts for Your Brain: Peanuts

OK, so they are technically legumes, but everyone calls them peanuts! These nuts are high in folate, a very essential mineral for the development of the brain that may also protect you from cognitive decline.

Peanuts are also good for vegetarians who often come up short in the folate department, and for pregnant women who need folate to keep their unborn babies safe from birth defects. Peanuts are full of those brain boosting healthy fats and lots of vitamin E, which many people lack.

Just one ounce of peanuts ( about 28 unshelled ) have 14 grams of fat, 7 grams of protein, and about 170 calories so they make a healthy snack, but eat in moderation.

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  • kc

    Does the author have any advice regarding the long-term exposure to aflatoxxin that might result from eating nuts on a regular basis?