Go nuts for nuts. That statement sums up the reasons why so many health experts recommend nuts for snacks. From benefiting your waistline to beautifying your skin, nuts just might be your best choice for a healthy snack.
Experts say that nuts can help you avoid weight gain because of their "high satiety," resulting from fiber and fat. That means that even though you might get the same number of calories in a candy bar as in a big handful of nuts, you'll feel more satisfied after noshing on the nuts.
So how much is one serving, and what are the benefits? Get the skinny here, from calorie count to serving size to best brands:
- Pistachios: Serving size, 49 nuts; Calories, 160. High in fiber and unsaturated fats, pistachios have been shown to help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Our favorite brand: Wonderful Pistachios (click for details).
- Cashews: Serving size, 17 nuts; Calories, 163: High in iron and copper, cashews contain less fat than most nuts. Our favorite brand: Kirkland Signature's Cashews (click for details).
- Pecans: Serving size, 20 pecan halves; Calories, 196: With about 20 different vitamins and minerals, pecans also can reduce your cholesterol. Our favorite brand: Superior Raw Pecans (click for details).
- Walnuts: Serving size, 14 halves; Calories: 185: Highest in omega-3 fatty acids among all nuts, walnuts also can help battle cognitive decline. Our favorite brand: Good Sense Organic Walnuts (click for details).
- Brazil nuts: Serving size, 7 nuts; Calories, 186: Choose Brazil nuts for selenium and magnesium. Our favorite brand: J&D Fine Foods Brazil Nuts (click for details).
- Peanuts: With folate and blood sugar control help, peanuts win as one of the most versatile nuts. One ounce contains 166 calories. Our favorite brand: Portion-controlled Mini Bags of Planter's peanuts (click for details).
- Almonds: Low in calories, big in taste value, one ounce of almonds contains 163 calories. Our favorite brand: 100-calorie bags of Blue Diamond almonds (click for details).