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8/19/2014 11:18 AM grooming • 0 Comments

7 Delicious Nuts And Their Benefits

Perhaps the greatest thing about nuts is that there are so many varieties with different tastes and benefits. Unless you’re allergic, in which case you’re just out of luck. Anyway, check out this rundown of our favorite nuts:


1. Almonds

If you’re unsure where to start in the world of nuts, almonds are a great standby. Packed with fiber, protein, antioxidants and calcium, almonds have a sweet taste when eaten raw (our preferred method of consumption). Looking to shed a few pounds? Almonds promote weight loss and help regulate blood sugar levels.


2. Cashews

Want to kick your brain into overdrive? Snack on some cashews. These nuts are full of magnesium, zinc and calcium, which give quite a boost to your brain. Other nutrients in cashews help improve your skin. The only downside? They’re pretty fattening, so don’t go overboard with them.


3. Walnuts

These bad boys are one of the healthiest nuts you can possibly eat. Walnuts contain a ton of omega-3 fatty acids, which help drop your cholesterol and give a boost to the neurons firing away in your brain. Combine that with antioxidants that fight cancer and anti-aging and you almost have the perfect nut. We say almost because walnuts lose all nutritional value when you cook them, so they’re best consumed raw.


4. Pecans

Looking for a tasty nut? Pecans have most of the others beat, considering their inclusion in so many delicious pies. But these also pack quite a healthy punch when consumed on their own. They may help prevent your arteries from clogging with plaque, and as a side bonus they come with a healthy dose of vitamin E.


5. Peanuts

Ah, the classic peanut. The most popular nut in America. And if anyone corrects that sentence for you, saying that peanuts are technically legumes, then you have every right to punch them in the face. They wouldn’t be called peanuts if they weren’t almost nuts. They even have quite a list of health benefits (like a ton of vitamins B1 and B6), but only when consumed unroasted.


6. Macadamia Nuts

The contradictory nut. While these nuts are delicious and come with a lot of monounsaturated fat that reduces the amount of bad cholesterol found in your body, they also have the highest amount of calories of all nuts. So, if you do indulge in some macadamia nuts, be wary of how many you eat. Especially if paired with white chocolate and then baked into a cookie.


7. Pistachio

Want to quit smoking? Pistachios are for you. Their benefits are twofold—they contain a large amount of gamma-tocopherol, which is a lung cancer–fighting antioxidant, but they also only contain four calories per nut. Combine that with the fact you have to shell each nut yourself, and you’re less likely to eat as many when you’re jonesing for another cigarette. It’s almost like magic.