A Guide to Nuts

Nut Fat content per 3.5-oz serving Calories Keep in mind
Fat(g) Mono (%) Poly(%) Sat(%)
Chestnuts 2.2 31.0 36.0 16.0 245 Lowest in calories and fat,
Cashews 44.3 61.7 17.7 20.6 573
Pistachios 46.1 15.9 70.9 13.2 577
(dry roasted)
46.8 52.2 33.3 14.2 567 Really a legume, not a mut, Especially high in protein. | Also rich in resveratrol, the: same antioxidant found in red wine.
Almond 46.8 68.1 22.0 9.9 589 More calcium and fiber 1 than any other nut.
Walnuts 53.9 23.6 69.7 6.7 642 Also rich in homocysteine controlling vitamin B6,
Hazelnuts 59.7 82.2 10.1 7.7 632
Brazil nuts 59.7 23.6 69.7 6.7 642 Richinthe mineral selenium,
Pecans 59.7 23.6 69.7 8.4 677 Beware of calories,
Macacamias 70.5 23.6 69.7 8.4 7o2 Highest in fat and calories.

Try the Peanut Butter Solution

There is more fat in a peanut butter sandwich than in a McDonald’s cheeseburger; there are about 21 to 27 grams per 3 tablespoons of peanut butter, But peanut butter is no dietary evil. Most of its fat is monounsaturated, and it also provides a good source of protein, vitamin E, and fiber. So don’t pass on this childhood treat, (And don’t think you’re saving calories if you go for the low-fat version; the fat is just replaced with sugar.) Just make sure peanut butter is replacing other forms of fat and calories, not adding to them. You can also try other nut butters, like almond, cashew, and macadamia. They usually have a lower percentage of saturated fat than peanut butter.

To enjoy peanut butter wisely, follow these tips:

Take a lick. Take a teaspoon of peanut butter and slowly lick it off the spoon as if it were a lollipop while you watch TV or relax.

Spread it thinly. Use it in place of cream cheese on bagels or butter on toast.

Go natural. To avoid the added salt and sugar in commercial peanut butters, as well as the hydrogenated oils most contain, visit a health food store that lets you make your own, or buy a “natural” brand. Because they contain no hydrogenated oils, these brands will separate, so you’ll need to stir them before eating

Dip in. Peanut butter makes a good dip for apples, celery, carrots, or other fruits and vegetables. Again, limit the portion or you could find yourself eating an entire week’s worth of fat calones in one sitting

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