Are nuts healthy or healthful? A nut can’t actually be healthy. Can it? People and animals can be healthy, but not nuts? Never nuts! But since I occasionally take liberties with spelling and grammar (only occasionally??), I’ll cool my jets and tell you about this article I found at Eating Well. Love that place.
Healthy Nuts for Cooking and Snacking offers some tips about those nuts you find at all those holiday parties. No, not the ones who slur the words to Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer, but the nuts you find in bowls and cookies and cakes and pies. Yes, those nuts.
The upshot is that nuts are really good for you and tasty. They’re loaded with vitamins, minerals and heart-healthy fats.
Almonds (one serving – 23 nuts equals 162 calories) are a great source of vitamin E, calcium, fiber and those wacky flavonoids—the compounds that fight free radicals and reduce inflammation. Now you know you gotta love anything that does all that.
Walnuts (I toss a few of these bad boys on my steel-cut oatmeal in the morning.) (185 calories per 14 halves or 1 ounce) are the only nuts that offer a significant amount of the omega-3 fat alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) that halts plaque buildup in the arteries.
Pecans (my personal favorite) (19 halves, 193 calories per serving) contain more antioxidants—compounds that sweep up tissue-damaging free radicals—than any other tree nut.
Source: Eating Well
Yes, they have a few calories, but they’re packed with wonderful stuff. Don’t toss back the entire bowl, but do have a few. You never know. Healthful nuts could make you healthy.