you're nuts about nuts and want to assure getting your "handful,"
here is some additional information on measuring amounts. REMEMBER:
The FDA recommendation suggests up to 1.5 ounces of nuts daily or
one and a half times a "handful."
nutrients associated with nuts include magnesium, manganese,
protein, fiber, zinc and phosphorus.
One ounce of walnuts (about 14 shelled walnut halves) is all
that is needed to meet the 2002 dietary recommendation of the
Food Nutrition Board of the National Academies’ Institute of
Medicine for omega-3 fatty acids.
Almonds. One ounce of almonds (about 20 to 24 shelled whole
almonds) provides 35 percent of your daily value for vitamin E.
Vitamin E may help promote healthy aging. A study reported in
the Journal of the American Association (June 26, 2002)
suggests a diet rich in foods containing vitamin E may help
protect some people against Alzheimer's disease. The study also
found vitamin E in the form of supplements was not associated
with a reduction in the risk of Alzheimer's disease.
Peanuts. Though often discussed with nuts, peanuts are a
legume along with dry beans, peas and lentils. One ounce of
roasted peanuts provides about 10 percent of the daily value of
folate, a B vitamin recommended to help reduce the incidence of
birth defects and lower the risk of heart disease. Peanuts also
are an excellent source of niacin, providing about 20 percent of
the daily value.
group, nuts also are important for what they DON'T offer:
Cholesterol. Nuts are cholesterol-free.
Unless salt is added to nuts, they naturally contain, at most,
just a trace of sodium.