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Smart Snacking: 6 of the Healthiest Nuts You Can Eat


From Health & Fitness CheatSheet…


Evie Carrick


They may come in small, unassuming packages, but nuts are nutritional powerhouses. Every bite-size morsel is packed with heart-healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. And then there’s the protein. When you’re trying to build muscle, boost your energy, and curb unhealthy cravings, you’ve been programmed to increase your protein intake. When you want something packed with protein you may initially think of a juicy, cheese-laden burger or an extra serving of bacon with your eggs, but there are cleaner, healthier ways to get your fill of protein. A handful of nuts not only curbs hunger and may help you beat cravings for complex carbs and sugar, but it’s portable and requires no cooking time. What’s not to love?

Each nut provides the body with a little something different. To keep it easy, we’ve compiled a list of the healthiest nuts available so you can pick and choose your favorites.

1. Almonds

Almonds are one of the healthiest snacks you can choose | Source: iStock

If you’re looking for a low-calorie option, almonds are where it’s at. These popular nuts contain 160 calories per ounce and provide you with 6 grams of protein. Unlike getting protein from animal products, almonds help lower cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease. They’re packed with biotin, vitamin E, fiber, and vitamin B2. Other lower calorie nuts include cashews, and pistachios. If you want to keep the calories minimal avoid any roasted nuts and opt for the raw or dry options instead.



2. Walnuts

Walnuts are the nuts to choose if you want to decrease your chances of getting life threatening conditions like heart disease and cancer. On top of that, walnuts ward against premature aging. How, you may ask? These wonder nuts contain the most antioxidants of all nuts, which help protect your body from cellular damage. In addition, the mighty walnut is the richest in omega-3 fatty acids, which fight inflammation. Grab a small handful or 14 halves for an easy 185-calorie boost of energy.

3. Peanuts

Container of roasted peanuts | Source: iStock

This go-to snack is one of the most affordable and easy to find nuts out there. They can be found in gas stations, at the ballpark, and in bulk at your grocery store. There’s no question that they beat other grab-and-go snacks when it comes to nutrition, especially in their natural, unsalted form. Regardless of how you enjoy them, peanuts are a great energy food as they’re high in protein and dietary fiber. About 35 dry roasted peanuts without salt provide you with 166 calories, 6.7 grams of protein, and 2.3 grams of fiber. Peanuts are full of antioxidants and can actually reduce your chances of stroke as they increase your natural production of nitric oxide, which dilates blood vessels.


4. Pecans

When you think of this nuts, you may automatically think of those gooey pecan pies you know you should avoid over the holidays, but this nut in its natural state may be your heart’s best friend. Pecans are full of plant sterols, which are valuable compounds that effectively lower cholesterol levels. The antioxidants they contain prevent plaque buildup in your arteries and they’re rich in oleic acid, a healthy fat. When you need a mid-afternoon energy boost pecans are the nut you should reach for. They fight fatigue with vitamin B3.

5. Pistachios

Pistachios in the shell | Source: iStock

In addition to being one of the nuts that contains low levels of calories and fat, pistachios are an excellent source of vitamin B6 (the ultimate mood booster), copper, and manganese. Some studies show that pistachios may play a vital role in heart health, weight management, and longevity. Eat these nuts in their shell to slow down your snacking pace and keep track of how many you’ve consumed.


6. Brazil nuts

While this nut may not be as common as others, Brazil nuts are the perfect choice for men as they’re packed with selenium, a mineral that may protect against prostate cancer among other diseases. Just one powerful nut contains more than a day’s worth of selenium, so don’t go crazy and eat and entire bag. Once ounce of Brazil nuts (approximately 6 nuts) contains 190 calories and 4 grams of fat.

Important company announcement

We are delighted to inform you that Pino Calcagni and the Besana Group have today, at a meeting held in Singapore, become founder members of the GLOBAL AGRI-BUSINESS ALLIANCE (GAA).

Please see attached an article from today’s Financial Times announcing the launch of this important initiative. 

We consider our invitation to participate as a founder member of the GAA a great honour and testament to the strength of our company’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, the environment and positive ethical development.
The Global Agri-Business Alliance (GAA) is a voluntary CEO-led, pre-competitive coalition of agri-business companies from the private sector. The GAA will be focused on tackling sustainability, environmental and social challenges which will help to improve the resilience of all participants in the global agricultural sector.
The GAA’s mission is to address sustainability, social, labour and environmental issues where the agricultural sector is seen to have a shared responsibility.
Through a co-ordinated sector level approach we will look to collaboratively improve rural livelihoods, mitigate the impact of climate change, sustainably manage natural capital, contribute to global food and nutrition security, and accelerate progress towards achieving the prioritised UN ‘Sustainable Development Goals’.
The GAA, through its network benefits, thought leadership, practical insights and effective advocacy, will develop actionable solutions to tackle the major developmental challenges facing the global agri-business sector.
The GAA will also work with other multilateral institutions and the plural sector to be the voice of the agri-business community.

The GAA, through its members, will pursue five types of activities:
Set goals and targets to be jointly undertaken by members to support sustainable development. Specific focus areas will be decided collectively by members, and could include areas such as improving water-use efficiency in agriculture, reducing post-harvest food losses, strengthening sustainable land-use practices, enhancing labour standards and improving smallholder productivity and livelihoods, among others.
Establish workgroups that provide mutual support to achieving the goals approved by the Council, maximising the sharing of best practice and innovation.
Develop tools and other resources that build member capacity to successfully pursue these goals.
Agree on measurement and reporting methodology
Engage decision-makers to remove structural and policy barriers that prevent the agri-business sector from fully contributing towards the achievement of the SDGs.
Through these activities, the GAA will highlight the work of its member companies in order to inspire others to act, share best practices, and demonstrate the agri-business sector’s contribution to the SDGs at the sector level. The specific focus of GAA activities will be decided by the members collectively.
The GAA will emphasise the spirit of partnership and will seek opportunities for collaboration with other stakeholders in the design, execution and delivery of its activities.

We hope that you will share in our delight at the creation of and our participation in this Alliance whose joint efforts will positively impact on this planet and so the lives of both current and future generations.

New evidence that eating nuts decreases prostate cancer mortality

by Christina Hwang , Staff Reporter , June 16, 2016
Eating tree nuts — such as almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts — five or more times a week reduced the overall risk of mortality for prostate cancer patients, a large prospective study has shown.
The researchers, led by Dr. Ying Bao, ScD, from the department of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, followed 47,299 men from 1986-2012, where every two to four years, the men reported on their diet and lifestyle. 

During the 26 years of follow up, 6,810 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer and 4,346 of those men had non-metastatic cancer, cancer that has not spread from the place where it started to other places in the body. 

“In the first part of the study, we asked the questions whether consuming more nuts prevents getting cancer,” Dr. Bao told HCB News. “We did not observe an association. In the second part of the study, we asked the question whether consuming more nuts reduces death rates among non-metastatic prostate cancer patients.” 

The team found that non-metastatic prostate cancer patients who consumed nuts five or more times per week after diagnosis had a 34 percent lower rate of mortality when compared to those who ate nuts less than once a month. 

Only about 10 percent of the 4,346 men died from prostate cancer and approximately one third of the patients died from cardiovascular disease and the rest from other causes. 

“Large studies have consistently shown that increased nut consumption was associated with reduced cardiovascular disease incidence and mortality,” Bao said. “Nuts are dense in nutrients and bioactive compounds that may confer cardio-protective, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.” 

“Nuts are rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, and replacement of carbohydrates and animal fat with either unsaturated fats have been shown to reduce all-cause mortality and lethal outcomes among men with non-metastatic prostate cancer,” she said. 

She said that the common perception is that eating nuts may increase someone’s weight but they did not observe this in their study, and other large cohort studies did not observe this either. Additionally, even though nuts are high in fats, they mostly consist of unsaturated fats, which are considered healthy.

Maureen Ternus, M.S., R.D.

Executive Director

International Tree Nut Council

Nutrition Research & Education Foundation

2413 Anza Avenue

Davis, CA  95616

Ph: 530-297-5895

Web: nuthealth.org

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