Baked, broiled, raw, unsalted or even mixed – whether from a tree or the ground – nuts come nutrient-packed. But, what’s the difference among them? And why should they be included in your diet?
Why we’re nuts about nuts and you should be too!
Nuts are a heart-healthy option and are a great source of unsaturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and a variety of vitamins. They’re also an excellent way to consume protein if you’re going meat-free.
Nutrition facts – based on a one-ounce serving.
Tree nuts vs. Groundnuts
Did you know the definition of a nut may differ botanically and culinarily speaking? There are various kinds of nuts, and the term “nut” is used loosely.
A tree nut is fruit composed of a hard shell and a seed, and is generally edible. Whereas a groundnut is a seed that ripens underground from a plant. What many don’t realize is, a peanut is not a nut by botanical context, but rather is a member of the legume family, making it a seed, similar to sunflower or sesame. If that wasn’t confusing enough, get this: A coconut is a fruit, nut and a seed! Find out more about this triple threat here.
Whatever the consensus of a nut may be, the health benefits are certain. As long as an allergy is not present, nuts are a great source of nutrition and should be considered as part of your healthy diet.
Want a fun way to add the nuts to an entrée? Try this pistachio-crusted salmon fillet next time you’re whipping up dinner. It’s a recipe any nut lover is sure to enjoy.