Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Health Nuts

I didn't used to like nuts. But, I've turned over a new leaf. I think they are quite delicious now, and they provide some great nutrition stats for you. Where all nuts do provide protein, and a great source of healthy fats, they can also be very high in calories if you aren't careful. So, what is a nut-lover to do? Go green. Pistachios!

They are a great snack and you get more bang for your buck as far as calories and fat are concerned.
Look at the comparison of one oz. of Pistachios vs. one oz. of Cashews.

Pistachios (49 nuts)
Calories – 160
Protein - 6 grams
Total Fat – 13 grams
Saturated Fat – 1.5 grams
Monounsaturated Fat – 7 grams
Polyunsaturated Fat – 4 grams
Fiber – 3 grams

Cashews – (18 nuts)
Calories – 160
Protein - 4 grams
Total Fat – 13 grams
Saturated Fat – 3 grams
Monounsaturated Fat – 8 grams
Polyunsaturated Fat – 2 grams
Fiber – 1 gram

Pistachios definitely win...and right in time for the holidays.