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Time for nuttiness

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I always end up eating more nuts at Christmas time than at any other time of year. What about you?

Holiday foods with nuts, off the top of my head:

  • inside cookies, breads, candies
  • outside pastries and cheese logs
  • top of salads and jellos (if you are my grandmother)

Just last week a friend gave me a bag of chocolate-covered macadamia nuts.  Wowsa, were these were good.  They were spicy, with a hint of cinnamon and coriander; they tasted like Christmas.

It’s a fatty time of year but it’s also a yummy one.  And nut fat is supposedly better fat.

When we went away for our last trip, we brought our standard car snacks with us: dried cashews, dried almonds, granola bars.   My boyfriend’s mother had some tasty spiced mixed nuts and crackers too.  At some point during our snacking we had a discussion about the content of nuts and were questioning which had the most fat.

Tonight I did some checks online, nutrition facts per 100g:

Total Fat
almonds 8.1g 23.4g 54.8g 8.4g
cashews 18.8g 15.7g 48.9g 3.4g
hazelnuts 5.8g 15.4g 63.5g 6.5g
macadamias 10.0g 9.2g 76.4g 1.4g
peanuts 7.8g 28.5g 53.0g 6.2g
pecans 14.6g 9.2g 71.0g 2.3g
walnuts 3.2g 15.6g 68.5g 3.5g

*Sources here and here.

Isn’t it interesting that almonds taste less fatty than cashews but actually contain more?  I kinda always knew pecans were higher, they just taste more slippery.  Walnuts are also on the higher end, but they are really perfect in banana bread.  Mmmm.

Written by Kat

November 16, 2008 at 11:22 pm

Posted in Food, health, holidays

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