Classified as a fruit with an edible seed, nuts are a nutrition powerhouse. Due to their high healthy fat content nuts are about 160-200 calories per one-ounce serving. Nuts are packed full of vitamins and minerals, protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts are referred to as tree nuts whereas peanuts which have a similar nutrient profile are considered a legume.
Best eaten raw or minimally processed, whole or as a butter, nuts are a healthy option for a snack or to add to any dish including salad, oatmeal, or even stir-fry. A daily serving of nuts, about 1/4 cup, equal to about a handful or around 23 almonds, has been shown to reduce risk factors for heart disease and decrease inflammation in the body. Delicious and nutritious, nuts are an ideal food that you can enjoy eating every day.