Nuts are one of the healthiest snacks available and, like every other food, everyone has a different favorite. It’s quite difficult to label which one is the best or the healthiest nut. Chestnuts, peanuts, walnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, filberts, hazelnuts, pecans, and pistachios all have two things in common: they are healthy and delicious.
Nuts are rich in energy, protein, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids. Cashews, for example, have a lower fat content than most nuts, and the fat they do contain is comprised of oleic acid, the same type of heart-healthy fat found in olive oil. Cashews are also a great source of magnesium. On the other hand, walnuts contain high content of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of omega-3 fat and one-quarter cup of walnuts gives you nearly 91 percent of the recommended daily value for this healthy fat. Walnuts also contain ellagic acid, an antioxidant that is beneficial for your immune system, and melatonin, a potent antioxidant which helps regulate your sleep.
Almonds are an excellent source of protein and healthy monounsaturated fats, and offer unique benefits for your blood sugar levels. Pecans rank highest in antioxidant content among all nuts, including vitamin E, and also contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals, including calcium, vitamin A, folic acid and magnesium.
Since the discussion never ends, mixed nuts are a popular choice for snack food, so you can taste a little bit of each one of your favorite nuts.