The February 2010 issue of Shape magazine reminds us that all nuts are rich in vitamin E, magnesium, protein, and fiber. Here are their top 5 picks:
Pistachios (1 oz./49 nuts) – 158 calories, 13 g fat, 3 g fiber – Pistachios are high in cholesterol-lowering plant sterols and have more potassium than most nuts (291 mg per ounce).
Almonds (1 oz./23 nuts) – 163 calories, 14 g fat, 4 g fiber – Once ounce provides half your daily vitamin E – more than any other nut. It also supplies 8 percent of your daily calcium needs.
Hazelnuts (1 oz./21 nuts) – 178 calories, 17 g fat, 3 g fiber) – These are rich in iron and proanthocyanidins, antioxidants that strengthen blood vessels and prevent UTIs.
Walnuts (1 oz./14 halves) – 185 calories, 18 g fat, 2 g fiber) – Walnuts deliver the most omega-3 fatty acids and contain the antioxidant ellagic acid, which supports the immune system.
Brazil nuts (1 oz./6 nuts) – 186 calories, 19 g fat, 2 g fiber) – A single Brazil nut provides your daily dose of selenium, an antioxidant that may play a role in preventing breast cancer.
Now, how nutty is that?!