By lee3695 Latest Reply 2010-09-03 18:08:36 -0500
Started 2010-06-22 20:53:19 -0500

About to add nuts and seeds to ny diet, but don't know which and how much. Heard they are a good carb source.

Need a list of nuts and seeds and their nutritional value!

Thanks for the help in advance.

17 replies

JerseyMomma 2010-08-31 19:01:35 -0500 Report

WalMart sells unsalted cashews. They taste good.

Anonymous 2010-09-01 15:16:59 -0500 Report

That's great except the "WalMart" part. I think they're ruining small towns and small businesses in our country. They're also known for treating their employees very poorly. Thanks.

cbmorton42 2010-08-28 13:59:03 -0500 Report

What about cashews? I eat a lot of them. Wish I could find unsalted ones.

akakay 2010-08-28 09:41:21 -0500 Report

I subscribe to a health newsletter and in the latest edition there is a great article that talks about nutrients for the body. Under the Masgnesium listing (foods to eat for adding more magnesium in your diet), I see that the first food on the list is pumpkin seeds, 1/4 cup, having the highest amount of magnesium at 41% DV (daily value), and is 170 calories. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a couple of months ago and my doctor told me to eat almonds and when I told him that was my least favorite nut, he advised me to eat pumpkin seeds. Now I'm glad I do! Almonds are also on the list at 25% DV of magnesium and 205 calories; cashews are 22% DV, 195 calories.

EBe 2010-08-28 08:49:49 -0500 Report

The healthiest nuts are those that are not processed or cooked. Almonds are great raw as are sunflower seeds. Peanuts are ok, but not the best choice. If you want cooked nuts, choose roasted nuts, not the ones that come in a sealed container. Those that are sealed have preservatives and will just introduce more toxins into your body.

One thing I do is: I found a local nut company in Dallas and I go to Hines Nut Co. and buy fresh nuts, full of flavor.

jason123 2010-08-28 09:11:41 -0500 Report

Hi Ebe, like your post. I guess uncooked is better than cooked in terms of nutrition value. I personally like to eat cooked sunflower seeds rather than uncooked, for taste. Do you have any nutritional data that can show the difference between the 2? I would appreciate that :-)

RAYT721 2010-06-23 17:37:47 -0500 Report

Check the labels on the nuts to determine what they consider a serving size is and watch for salt/sodium. You can google the keywords nuts, calories, fat, sodium, etc. and find lists of the information you're seeking. Although I refer to google my favorite search engine is Dogpile gives results from several search engines at once.

militarymom 2010-06-23 06:46:13 -0500 Report

Nuts are good especially almonds. But you gotta be careful not to go overboard with them. They have lots of fat, even though the good fat, too many you will gain weight. I learned the hard way. The raw ones are sooooo good. Good luck

domination2008 2010-08-28 09:50:04 -0500 Report

I agree with almonds - they are great emergency food but you need to watch the "good" fat intake. Almonds are high in omega 6's but have very few omega 3's in them. So if you are looking for a better nut with omega 3's I would suggest RAW walnuts!!

Pfc 2010-06-22 23:03:17 -0500 Report

Raw walnuts ,almonds or pecan are my favorite when I have a hunger for something sweet. I get about 1/4cup of them and chew slowly and savor the flavor or put them on salads,chopped on fish or green beans.When I travel I make my own trailmix of raw nuts, white rasins,chopped apricots, or any dried fruit I have handy. This is so that I can cover those munchies with less damage to my BG. I always take out a small portions and put the bag away so I don't eat the whole bag. Control! control! LOL

monkeymama 2010-06-22 21:34:25 -0500 Report

My personal favorites here are sunflower and almonds. Have you grabbed a copy of "Calorie King"? Otherwise go to and enter in nuts to see what it will give you. It is pretty cheap book and will help you find EVERYTHING you are pretty much looking for except fast foods. That book would be Nutrition in the "Fastlane" or Emerald came out with prepackaged nuts that are low in carb. I hope this helps you out.

Crashnot 2010-06-22 21:15:47 -0500 Report

Nuts are a relatively LOW source of carbs which is why they are good for a diabetic diet. They ARE high in fat, but if you eat them raw, versus roasted, you are getting the good fats. Although I believe there is some disagreement as to whether or not roasting destroys the Omega 3 oils. Also, the raw nuts won't be loaded with salt, which is rarely good for you in that quantity. We like to nibble almonds, walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds and my guilty pleasure, pistaschios. Don't have any lists handy though of which are the best, although almonds and walnuts rate pretty high in the reading I've done.

loey 2010-08-29 07:37:21 -0500 Report

I eat almonds and walnuts, here's a good recipe for walnuts.
1- egg white beat until frosty
1- cup of Splenda
2 - T Cinnamon
1lb Walnuts
Beat egg white until frosty and put your walnuts in the egg whites and coat well. Then you dump then into the the Splenda and cinnamon and coat well and bake them in a 250 degree oven for 1 hour turning them every 15 minutes . Cool and enjoy. Bake on cookie sheet. A good healthy snack. Love them. Let me know if any one tries them.