Hungry for a quick snack? Nuts are tasty, convenient, and healthy. Their fiber and unsaturated fats can help lower LDL (“bad cholesterol”) levels, and contain omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E, both good for the heart.
Just choose wisely. Although all nuts have health benefits, they’re best eaten raw or dry-roasted, not covered with chocolate, salt, or sugar. Here’s the breakdown on some of the most popular nuts (roasted, serving size 1 ounce):
• Pistachios: 161 calories; 12.7 grams of fat (1.6 g saturated vs. 10.5 g unsaturated)
• Peanuts: 166 calories; 14 grams of fat (2 g vs. 11.4 g)
• Cashews: 163 calories; 13.1 grams of fat (2.6 g vs. 10 g)
• Almonds: 169 calories; 15 grams of fat (1.1 g vs. 12.9 g)