Wonder what’s the best nut to eat? That’s a trick question! Just as there is no best fruit or best vegetable, there is no nut that reigns supreme over all the other nuts; each has a unique taste, appearance, and nutritional profile. But it can be tricky to know which nut is which. Can you differentiate a Brazil nut from a hazelnut? Which should you toss into an Asian stir-fry: cashews or pecans? Click on to see how to identify different types of nuts, and what each is most suited to, from cooking to snacking. If you’re inspired to try a few new types, remember to store shelled nuts in the freezer. Because of their high fat content, unshelled nuts may go rancid in just a few weeks at room temperature. Whichever nuts you enjoy, always make sure to account for the totals in your meal plan.
Jill Weisenberger, MS, RD, CDE*, is the author of Diabetes Weight Loss Week by Week, contributing editor for Environmental Nutrition, and has written for many publications including EatingWell, Diabetic Living, Her Sports + Fitness, and LifeScript. Weisenberger is a paid contributor for The DX. All opinions contained in this article reflect those of the contributor, and not of Sanofi US, its employees, agencies, or affiliates.
*“Certified Diabetes Educator” and “CDE” are certification marks owned and registered by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE). NCBDE is not affiliated in any way with Sanofi US. NCBDE does not sponsor or endorse any diabetes-related products or services.
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