A 135g can of peanut with coffee

Nuts have relatively high fat content and have been labelled as unhealthy until recent studies suggest that they are good sources of fiber and unsaturated fat; and that regular moderate consumption would reduce heart diseases and lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Now, peanuts and nuts are generally accepted as ‘healthy’ snacks, according to a telephone survey carried by About Nuts in 2007 of people working in the fields of nutrition and health.

There are many kinds of nuts e.g. Brazil nuts, cashew nuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pistachios nuts, walnuts, and peanuts. Oh yes, almonds too. Cashew nuts are actually seeds (kidney-shaped) at the bottom of the cashew apples and strictly speaking, peanuts are legumes (belonging to the beans family).

Cashew nuts are nature’s vitamin pills.  No more need to spend money on all those vitamin supplements?  They are rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, sodium, copper, zinc, iron and other minerals which help to prevent anaemic and nervous ailments.

I like cashew nuts, pistachios nuts (those roasted with honey), almonds and peanuts more than the other types.

Almonds roasted in honey are pretty good too. Almond drinks are also one of my favourites. Some Indian friends of mine claimed that eating 5 almonds a day would lead to a cancer-free life, but they could not quote their sources and therefore, one should take this with a pinch of salt (or almond powder if you wish.)

Whether these claims are true or not does not really matter to me because I love to eat nuts, especially those coated with chocolate or honey. Moderation is the keyword. There are seven days in a week, so I shall take one type of nuts each day –starting with peanuts with coffee today, honey coated pistachios nuts tomorrow, followed by Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, walnuts and peanuts for the remaining days of the week.

Enjoy your nuts in your second half life.  This is your last chance!          

Disclaimer: This posting is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek qualified health professional's assistance before embarking on any health program.