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8 Health Benefits of Nuts
What Are Nuts?
Nuts are technically considered a fruit. However, unlike most types of fruit, they aren't sweet and are high in fat.
They contain a hard, inedible outer shell that usually needs to be cracked open to release the fruit inside.
Fortunately, you can buy most nuts from the store "pre-shelled" so that you don't have to crack them open yourself.
Here is a list of some of the most commonly consumed nuts:
Although peanuts are technically legumes like peas and beans, they are often referred to as nuts because they have similar nutrition profiles and characteristics.
Now let's look at the top 8 health benefits of eating nuts.
1. Nuts Are a Great Source of Many Nutrients
Nuts are highly nutritious. One ounce (28 grams) of mixed nuts contains (1):
Protein: 5 grams
Fat: 16 grams, including 9 grams of monounsaturated fat
Carbs: 6 grams
Fiber: 3 grams
Vitamin E: 12% of the RDI
Magnesium: 16% of the RDI
Phosphorus: 13% of the RDI
Copper: 23% of the RDI
Manganese: 26% of the RDI
Selenium: 56% of the RDI
Some nuts have higher amounts of certain nutrients than others. For instance, just one Brazil nut provides more than 100% of the RDI for selenium (2).
The carb content of nuts is highly variable. Hazelnuts, macadamia nuts and Brazil nuts have less than 2 grams of digestible carbs per serving, while cashews have almost 8 digestible carbs per serving.
That being said, nuts are generally an excellent food to eat on a low-carb diet.