Nuts and Grains: Nutritional Comparisonby Émilie Carignan
published March 21, 2011
Tasty (and healthy) choices to make
Nuts and grains: they certainly have nutritional benefits that add to any menu. Before that, however, you need to know which to choose and why. We compared the main nutritional characteristics of almonds, walnuts, pistachios, cashews, pecans and pumpkin seeds, so as to find out all they can offer*.
*These were calculated based on 30g portions. Source: Passeport santé (French only).
- Large portions, since nuts and grains are very high in fat for the most part;
- Those that are coated in sugar, yogourt or salt, as these chance their nutritional value significantly.
- Roasted soy beans can be eaten like nuts, but contain two to three times less fat and twice as much protein than other grain and nuts;
- It is preferable to buy nuts in their shell. Otherwise, they will go bad fast. Keep nuts and grains in the fridge in order for them to last longer.