This week I received the following question from http://foodpicker.org:
“I have diabetes and love snacking on nuts (particularly smoked/flavored almonds). Are nuts ok to snack on and if so, are there certain types I should look for?”
Nuts are good source of protein, but are low in carbohydrates which makes them an excellent choice for snacking because they wont cause your blood sugar to increase. Nuts may also help lower LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) and may help protect against heart disease when eaten as part of a healthy diet. Nuts contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids which provide benefits to the heart, but also make nuts high in calories. As with most foods, the key is moderation!! When eaten in moderation nuts such as almonds, cashews, peanuts, pecans and macadamia nuts are a good source of protein which can increase satiety and prevent you from becoming hungry too soon.
The most important thing to consider when choosing nuts as a snack is the serving size, a little bit goes a long way! Typically a serving of nuts is 1 ounce which is about 18-22 almonds and cashews, 11 macadamia nuts, 20 pecan halves or 30 peanuts. Best choices when snacking on nuts are to choose varieties that have been smoked or roasted. Avoid nuts with added salt or that have been coated in honey or chocolate as this will add sodium, calories and sugar to your snack. Peanut butter and almond butter provide another snacking option.
– Katie Jo