Saturday, July 31, 2010

I'm Nuts About Nuts

I just read Alicia's blog and thought to post this comparison table that I've had on my fridge forever. You can click on it for a bigger view. I had to screenshot it in half and piece them together, so sorry about the hack job.

Note that the first horizontal is called Energy, kcal. This is the number of calories in a 3.5 ounce serving. That's by weight not volume, so don't freak out. Chances of one eating a near quarter pound of Pecans in one sitting are not likely, hmmm however Macadamia nuts covered in chocolate, well, let's just say I would never admit it in public.

This list is good for zeroing in on which nut is high in what nutrient. Like Brazil nuts take the prize for Selenium, over 1000 mcg. And Pistachios are the highest in Potassium. Almonds win the Calcium card. Both Hazel nuts and Walnuts are high in Folate. Cashews are not the highest or the lowest in any category, but they still have a special place in heart.

I guess it's safe to say I'm nuts about nuts. What's your favorite?


Alicia said...

that is very helpful, thank you!
Macadamia nuts are my favorite roasted and salted. I only have them in my stocking at Christmas because of their dangerous alure to me!:)

tofugirl said...

That chart is very useful! I love nuts too, but my favorites are brazil nuts and hazelnuts--I use hazelnuts a lot in baking, but I will snack on pretty much any nut!

my name is Amanda said...

It would be hard for me to choose between macadamia nuts, cashews and almonds!

Susan B. said...

Great chart. Thanks for sharing it.

Hard to pick a favorite nut. Haven't met one I didn't like.

Have you tried the cocoa roast almonds? they're good for something different.