Since coming to work for NuVal over three years ago, I
am eat a lot more nuts that I used to be. (Both of those statements are definitely true!) Why do I eat more nuts now? After seeing the nutrition that nuts (in their pure form) provide, I was hooked.
Consider these scores for these raw, unsalted nuts:
Walnuts: NuVal score of 82
Almonds: NuVal score of 81
Pistachios: NuVal score of 67
Peanuts: NuVal score of 28
Cashews: NuVal score of 25
You can always find walnuts and almonds in my work lunch bag every day. Walnuts go into my morning oatmeal. Almonds are that energy snack when I need it.
I love Aurora nuts. They do a great job with their packaging. You know exactly what you’re getting.
That’s so important, because look what happens when you add some oil and salt:
- Aurora Natural Raw Almonds: NuVal score of 81
- Aurora Roasted Unsalted Almonds: NuVal score of 48
- Aurora Roasted Salted Almonds: NuVal score of 36
I actually discovered this phenomenon some time ago. I thought that the roasted unsalted nuts that I was eating scored just as high as raw! The scores came as a shock, and then I tried to roast them on my own and I burned three batches in my oven. It was kind of a fiasco that made for a great blog post.
Now, here’s some good news. Just recently, I have started buying a new product from Aurora – “Dry-Roasted” Almonds. It’s so new, that we haven’t scored it yet. But I’m hoping that it will score higher than the roasted with oil. I’ll definitely keep you posted.
In the meantime, enjoy nuts, but watch out for oil, salt and a couple of other things that I’ve learned from NuVal’s dietitians:
- Blanching of nuts removes some skin, and with it, some fiber. Therefore, blanched nuts tend to have lower NuVal scores than unblanched nuts.
- While many are packed with good nutrition, nuts can also add many calories to your daily eating plan. Choose nuts with the highest NuVal scores to get a nutrition punch, and limit the amount you eat to about one ounce per day.
Yes, I definitely eat nuts more often now. And I do stick to the one ounce rule. I love the energy they give me. And I need it for the nutty pace of life that we all seem to be running.
Question of the Day
What is your favorite nut?
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