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Optimum08
04-17-2006, 11:07 PM
I know almost all nuts and seeds are great sources of healthy fats and some protein and great additions to diets, but which one is most superior in these terms? i've heard almonds as well as walnuts and if i was going to choose one to snack on which one would be best as far as nutrients etc.?

getfit
04-18-2006, 02:44 AM
i prefer almonds



Why Eat It

Almonds are a surprisingly decent source of calcium: Although you would have to consume 330 calories' worth of almonds to get a significant quantity of this bone-building mineral, almonds contain more calcium than any other nut. Almonds are also a significant source of magnesium, which contributes to strong bones as well, and they supply a healthy amount of vitamin E. These sweet, versatile nuts have the highest dietary fiber content of any nut or seed, supplying more than 3 grams of fiber per ounce; like all nuts, almonds are a good source of protein, although they are lacking the essential amino acid, lysine. (However, that problem is easily solved by combining almonds with legumes that are high in lysine).

More than 65% of the fat in almonds is monounsaturated, which can help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Almonds also contain the phytochemicals quercetin and kaempferol, both of which may be protective against cancer.

Davidelmo
04-18-2006, 03:59 AM
Almonds for me, followed by peanuts.

Almonds taste great with salt. Peanuts dry my mouth out more, plus the taste eventually starts to annoy me. Also I can eat a few 100g's of almonds and my stomach is fine, but after a few 100g's of peanuts, I'm crapping with whole nuts in it. (Sorry for TMI)

UrbanSmooth
04-18-2006, 03:17 PM
Walnuts! They are much softer and much easier to chew. They are also a superfood, and have one of the highest healthy fat content and calories of any nut. 20g fat and 200 calories! Eat only a handful (1/4 cup) 3-4 times a day for a great daily intake of good fats and easy calories!

Ironman15
04-18-2006, 03:25 PM
;)
Almonds for me, followed by peanuts.

Almonds taste great with salt. Peanuts dry my mouth out more, plus the taste eventually starts to annoy me. Also I can eat a few 100g's of almonds and my stomach is fine, but after a few 100g's of peanuts, I'm crapping with whole nuts in it. (Sorry for TMI)

Peanuts are a legume not a nut ;)

But i'd agree with almonds, although walnuts are great too.

f=ma
04-18-2006, 03:31 PM
i like macadamia nuts best

Davidelmo
04-18-2006, 04:38 PM
;)

Peanuts are a legume not a nut ;)

But i'd agree with almonds, although walnuts are great too.

Wow, I didnt know that! :cool:

Pealegumes doesn't have the same ring to it though :(

Keith
04-18-2006, 05:08 PM
People who eat walnuts have fewer heart attacks. One study actually found an inverse relationship between walnut consumption and all deaths.
I don't know how a walnut could keep you from being hit by a runaway streetcar, but I do believe it's one healthful little nut. Walnuts are one of the few rich sources of plant-derived Omega-3 fatty acids (alpha linolenic acid), therefore complimenting the animal-derived Omega-3 fatty acids we get from another power food, salmon.
They're also high in plant sterols, which reduce cholesterol. Combine that with their arginine-powered ability to keep the insides of blood vessels smooth and you can understand their effect on heart health.
In addition to all that, they're the nut with the highest anti-oxidant activity, and they contain rich amounts of magnesium and copper, two minerals that are typically deficient in the American diet.

threatmix
04-18-2006, 05:26 PM
Walnuts

Yep. Walnuts have the best omega-3:omega-6 fatty acid ratio among nuts and seeds (and oils too, I think). I've heard you should soak and/or toast them before eating them though, as they contain certain anti-nutrients raw. Anybody else hear of this?

getfit
04-18-2006, 05:28 PM
i used to take walnuts and stuff them in the middle of a fig and bake them, i can say it tasted awesome

UrbanSmooth
04-18-2006, 05:32 PM
Just grab a handful of walnuts 3-4 times a day on a bulk for great coverage! Huzzah!

Keith
04-18-2006, 05:36 PM
Yep. Walnuts have the best omega-3:omega-6 fatty acid ratio among nuts and seeds (and oils too, I think). I've heard you should soak and/or toast them before eating them though, as they contain certain anti-nutrients raw. Anybody else hear of this?

Yes, but cant back it up, as ive only heard of it. But ya sure cook them or throw them onto a salad...anyway is good. Try to consume 8 ounces a day.
And just for the record, flax seeds are, bar none, the best source of plant-derived Omega-3 fatty acids.

Built
04-18-2006, 05:39 PM
Not hemp? I've read good things about hemp seeds.

Keith
04-18-2006, 05:41 PM
So have I, those are great, just not the best source of Omega-3.

Built
04-18-2006, 05:42 PM
Gotcha.

Optimum08
04-18-2006, 05:59 PM
People who eat walnuts have fewer heart attacks. One study actually found an inverse relationship between walnut consumption and all deaths.
I don't know how a walnut could keep you from being hit by a runaway streetcar, but I do believe it's one healthful little nut. Walnuts are one of the few rich sources of plant-derived Omega-3 fatty acids (alpha linolenic acid), therefore complimenting the animal-derived Omega-3 fatty acids we get from another power food, salmon.
They're also high in plant sterols, which reduce cholesterol. Combine that with their arginine-powered ability to keep the insides of blood vessels smooth and you can understand their effect on heart health.
In addition to all that, they're the nut with the highest anti-oxidant activity, and they contain rich amounts of magnesium and copper, two minerals that are typically deficient in the American diet.

how bout you site this instead of taking it as your own? its straight from 13 Power Foods on T-Nation.

Optimum08
04-18-2006, 06:00 PM
i currently snack on raw almonds, so i was just curious if i was getting the most "bang for my buck" persay in terms of nutrtition.

getfit
04-18-2006, 06:01 PM
i currently snack on raw almonds, so i was just curious if i was getting the most "bang for my buck" persay in terms of nutrtition.
absolutely

Keith
04-18-2006, 06:04 PM
how bout you site this instead of taking it as your own? its straight from 13 Power Foods on T-Nation.

My appologies, didnt know I had to.

Keith
04-18-2006, 06:05 PM
i currently snack on raw almonds, so i was just curious if i was getting the most "bang for my buck" persay in terms of nutrtition.

For sure, I do it as well.

Optimum08
04-18-2006, 06:06 PM
you don't have to necessarily, but i would from now on. Its just safer and is a lot less prone to piss other people off.

Optimum08
04-18-2006, 06:06 PM
especially if its word for word from another site/article/author.

Keith
04-18-2006, 06:06 PM
Makes sense about pissing certain ppl off, what do you mean by safer though?

Stumprrp
04-18-2006, 06:21 PM
well im fat and i like honey roasted peanuts, lol, but a nice trail mix is awesome.

Optimum08
04-18-2006, 06:44 PM
i meant safer by not pissing the wrong people off.

mad_dog
04-18-2006, 10:36 PM
pumpkin seeds! too addictive.