We know that nuts are good for us; a good plant source of healthy fats and protein, each variety also offers its own unique nutritional profile. Here are four of our favourite nuts to snack on at GMB HQ and why we love them. By Nutritionist and GoodnessMe Box Health Editor Melissa Fine.
Don’t just eat this vibrant green nut in your gelato (good, I know!).
Of all the nuts, pistachios are actually the lowest in kilojoules. And of all the tree nuts, they contain the most ‘phytosterols’, plant compounds that prevent cholesterol absorption. Pistachios, along with cashews, are also rich in ‘prebiotics’, which create a ‘feeding ground’ for your probiotics or good gut bacteria.
The Aussie macadamia is richer in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat than any other nut. It’s also an excellent source of vitamin B1, involved in energy release and nervous system support.
Of all the nuts, almonds are the highest in fibre to help keep you regular, with a handful (about 30g) giving you 3.5g of the stuff…that’s a lot for such a small serving.
Almonds are also a particularly good source of antioxidant-rich vitamin E as well as calcium - take note if you don’t do dairy.
It’s hard to stop at one handful of creamy, crunchy cashews. As moreish as potato chips but so much healthier, cashew nuts are a particularly good source of vitamin K, essential for normal blood coagulation. Cashews are also rich in magnesium, which amongst its many roles, helps our muscles to function properly and relax.
Tell us in the comments what you favourite nut is and why!