7 Nuts You Should Be Eating And 7 You Shouldn't (2022)

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ByDebra Kelly/Updated: June 3, 2021 12:40 pm EDT

If you're looking for a healthy snack, nuts might seem like a sure-fire win. But there are ways to go very, very wrong with picking up some nuts, so let's take a look at some that are both good for you and good for the environment, some that might ruin all of your best intentions, and some that might even make you sick.

Do eat: Acorns

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You probably weren't expecting to be told to eat acorns, but you absolutely should! Humankind has been doing it for centuries, with references to eating acorns even scattered throughout Greek literature. Preparing them can be tough, though — you need to remove the meat from the shells and then soak them to remove the bitter and toxic tannins — and in our modern, convenient world, that can be a pain.

They're totally worth it, though, especially if you're concerned about helping to find and use a sustainable, widely available resource. Acorns are edible once they turn brown, and they're full of good things like proteins, healthy fats, and nutrients like vitamin C, calcium, and phosphorus. They've also been shown to help balance blood-glucose levels, and they have a ton of practical benefits. Acorns are widely available, easy to gather, and when they're dried and stored right, they can last for years. So, how can you use them? Check out this step-by-step guide from Learning and Yearning for making your own acorn flour, and you can turn that into breads and cookies that will have a wonderful, nutty flavor.

Do eat: Hazelnuts

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If you love nothing more than hazelnut-filled cookies, you're in luck. They're incredibly good for you, as they're filled with things like vitamins A and B. Hazelnuts have a healthy dose of dietary fiber, and they also help raise good cholesterol while lowering the bad. You're not just doing yourself a favor when you help yourself to a handful, you're helping the environment, too.

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Hazelnuts are a great example of sustainable agriculture. Not only do they require little water and minimal upkeep, but they can thrive in harsh soils where other plants would fail. They're drought-resistant, can survive harsh weather conditions, have a high yield per plant, and help prevent soil erosion. They also have massive root system, and they remove a huge amount of carbon from the atmosphere. It's a good thing they're so tasty, and even if you already have your favorite ways to use them, you'll still have to try this dairy-free dark chocolate and hazelnut spread from Beach Body on Demand, and this chocolate hazelnut fudge from Texanerin. Being environmentally friendly never tasted so good!

Do eat: Walnuts

Walnuts are one of those treats you might only think about during the holidays, and that's a shame. They're full of some amazing stuff, starting with a ton of vitamin E, and healthy fats. Not only do those things all help maintain good heart health, but some studies suggest adding them to your regular diet can lower your risk of a heart attack by as much as 51 percent. A healthy helping of walnuts will also help you ward off depression — they contain omega 3 oils that are shown to raise serotonin levels in the brain.

Walnuts also have a huge amount of antioxidants, more than what you'd get from any other nut. Antioxidants are key to maintaining good health, shown to help in the fight against heart disease, cancer, and the effects of premature aging. They even help keep us healthy on a cellular level, and even though walnuts are fairly high in calories (one ounce is about 180 calories), they come with so many other benefits that you should definitely sprinkle some on your salads. You can also make them a part of a healthy breakfast, with this banana walnut overnight oatmeal from Skinny Ms.

Do eat: Pistachios

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Humankind has been eating pistachios since the dawn of our days, and there's a good reason for that: There's a lot of nutrition folded into this little package. They're high in protein and fiber, and a single ounce will give you the same amount of potassium you'd get from a banana. They've been linked to helping manage cholesterol levels and blood glucose levels, and adding them to your diet helps lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

There's also some pretty awesome research that's been done with pistachios and their impact on weight management. A single serving of pistachios is 160 calories, but that serving is a whopping 49 nuts. Not only does that give you some bang for your snacking buck, but the act of shelling pistachios slows down your snacking speed and allows you to become more aware of how full you are, instead of falling into the mindless snacking trap. While you can definitely get your daily helping of pistachios that way, why not try this basil and pistachio pesto from Greedy Gourmet. It's easy to make and even easier to snack on.

Do eat: Pecans

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Pecans are another nut that's vastly underused, mostly seeming to pop up in pecan pies. While that might not be a very healthy dessert, pecans are full of good stuff. They're loaded with antioxidants that help protect your heart and healthy fats that help lower your cholesterol. Studies have suggested that pecans can help manage weight, and they also have a type of antioxidant — vitamin E — that helps prevent age-related motor neuron degeneration as well as protect against cell damage and other degenerative diseases.

Adding pecans to a regular diet is especially important for men, because they contain something called beta-sitosterol. Not only does this help lower cholesterol levels, but it's been proven to be instrumental in maintaining prostate health. Two ounces of pecans a day has been shown to have a positive effect in managing and preventing an age-related condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia, or enlarged prostate. Fortunately, getting those two ounces a day is easy when you experiment with recipes like this pecan honey butter from Sparkles to Sprinkles or these chocolate caramel pecan turtles from Lil' Luna.

Do eat: Chestnuts

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Chestnuts are usually associated with wintertime and the holidays, but they're something you definitely need to look into keeping around all year. Unlike other nuts, they're very low in fat and calories, but still have no cholesterol and plenty of protein, dietary fiber, and vitamin E. They're also one of only nuts that has a measurable amount of vitamin C, but there's something of a catch. They're more perishable than most nuts, and need to be kept in the fridge. Start using them regularly and they won't be around long enough to go bad, especially when you start using them as a low-calorie, low-fat companion to rice and pasta.

So, how exactly do you use them? Sure, you can roast them, but they also make a great addition to hearty comfort foods, like this mushroom, chestnut and ale pie from Wallflower Kitchen, and these chestnut and pear raviolis from Our Italian Table.

Don't eat: Almonds

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Almonds are one of the most popular nuts, and that's not a surprise. Not only are they tasty but they're good for you, too. Boasting not just the ability to manage weight and prevent diabetes, they're touted as being a source of non-dairy milks for those who avoid dairy for a number of reasons. But all that goodness comes at a price, and if you're trying to be environmentally-friendly with your choices, you might want stop eating almonds.

The only US state that produces almonds commercially is California, and they're not just sending almonds to domestic markets. More than 80 percent of the world's almonds come from California, and it's a multi-billion dollar industry. California also has relentless problems with drought. You've heard the horror stories of water shortages and wildfires — now consider that every single almond you eat took 1.1 gallons of water to grow. The growing almond industry has had something of a domino effect, impacting even the populations of salmon that are plagued by low water levels. And that might not be worth it.

Don't eat: Cashews

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Cashews are hugely popular nuts, and they're filled with things like fiber, protein, and all the standard good stuff that comes with nuts. But cashews come at a price, and it's paid by the people who harvest them.

The majority of cashews come from India and Vietnam, and picking them isn't an easy process. Cashew apples have several tough layers that need to be discarded, and those layers are toxic. Workers earn a pittance for shucking cashews, and many of them have suffered permanent damage from the toxic liquid that the shells release. An expose by Time magazine uncovered Vietnamese cashews are often the product of forced labor camps staffed by people addicted to drugs, and they coined the term "blood cashews." No matter how much you love the taste of cashews, is it worth that?

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Don't eat: Macadamia

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Macadamia nuts are delicious, but they're not as healthy as you might think. That's because a one-cup serving of macadamia nuts contains almost 1,000 calories, and it's incredibly easy to eat half your daily calorie allowance while you're munching. That same serving also has 102 grams of fat, which is more than you should get in a whole day.

Don't eat: Horse chestnuts

Chestnuts are one of the nuts you need to eat more of, but you should never, ever eat horse chestnuts. They look similar — both are the same color brown, and both have a lighter brown spot — but horse chestnuts are completely smooth. The good kind of chestnuts have a little point, and the difference is crucial.

In spite of how similar they look, horse chestnuts and chestnuts aren't actually related. Every part of the horse chestnut has a toxin that causes vomiting and, in large enough doses, paralysis. While you might hear that you can leach the toxins out of the horse chestnut, you shouldn't — and if you're in doubt, don't eat them. If you find some nuts on the ground, it's likely to be a horse chestnut, as they're toxic to animals, too.

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Don't eat: Pine nuts

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Pine nuts might be just the finishing touch a recipe calls for, but there's a weird and completely unexplained thing that can happen when you eat them. It's called pine mouth or pine nut syndrome, and it's a temporary thing that usually develops somewhere between 12 and 48 hours after eating the nuts. For a time, everything else will taste bitter, metallic, or rancid, and some people have had the taste last for months.

For most, it subsides after a few days to a couple weeks. The FDA has issued an alert, but there's been no confirmation as to what causes it and how to prevent it. It happens in people who don't have an allergy or sensitivity to nuts, eating something sugary makes the bitterness even worse, it's not connected to mold or bacteria, and it's happened with pine nuts from all different sources. It's completely unpredictable, so that means if you have a special dinner coming up, you might want to be extra careful about skipping the pine nuts.

Don't eat: Peanuts

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Peanuts are a common enough snack, but there are a few things you should be aware of. While a serving will give you some valuable vitamins and nutrients, that same serving size is only 1.5 ounces, and it's going to account for a big chunk of your daily calorie intake. If you're sitting on the couch and munching peanuts while you're watching television, that's going to add up fast — just half a cup is a fifth of your calories for the day!

Peanuts are also associated with something called aflatoxins — they're not the only food that can be contaminated, and corn is also particularly vulnerable. Aflatoxins are a fungi, and entire crops can be contaminated at any time, from the field to storage after processing. Since they've been linked to an increase in the risk of liver cancer, it's vitally important to make sure you don't eat any peanuts that look moldy or discolored. Purchasing peanuts only from large-scale, well-known commercial companies will reduce the risk, but you still should use a lot of caution if you can't give them up.

Don't eat: Bitter almonds

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Almonds might be delicious, but bitter almonds can be deadly. The kind we eat by the handful are sweet almonds, but bitter almonds are actually apricot kernels. Even though they're what gives that almond flavor to things like marzipan, eating them raw is dangerous. Raw bitter almonds are filled with a type of cyanide, and when they're prepared properly, they're cyanide-free and used as spices or flavorings.

They contain something called hydrocyanic acid, and that acid disappears when it's heated. But case studies of people who eat them raw are nothing short of terrifying, including one case where a 67-year-old woman ate only four (or five) bitter almonds, thinking they were "medicinal." Just that amount gave her light-headedness and nausea, and when she had 12 more, she was incapacitated and on her way to the emergency room within 15 minutes. Bitter almonds are nothing to mess around with, and should just be avoided.

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What is the unhealthiest nut to eat? ›

Worst nuts for your diet

Ounce for ounce, macadamia nuts (10 to 12 nuts; 2 grams protein, 21 grams fat) and pecans (18 to 20 halves; 3 grams protein, 20 grams fat) have the most calories - 200 each - along with the lowest amounts of protein and the highest amounts of fats.

What nuts should we not eat? ›

The number one worst nut to snack on, according to her, is also one of the most common: peanuts. "Peanuts are exposed to aflatoxin, which is a fungus associated with liver cancer," she adds. For context, aflatoxin is a toxic byproduct of a type of mold that falls under the Aspergillus species umbrella.

Which nuts are poisonous? ›

Peanuts and tree nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, cashews, pistachios, and Brazil nuts, also may contain toxic molds ( 8 , 9 ). In turn, these molds produce mycotoxins, which are toxic compounds linked to various health problems, including digestive disorders and liver tumors ( 8 , 9 , 10 ).

What nuts Should I eat everyday? ›

Nuts like almonds, pistachios, walnuts, peanuts, and hazelnuts are a great source of nutrients, such as protein, fat, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. When eaten as part of a nutrient-dense diet, nuts may reduce your risk of heart disease and support immune health, among other benefits.

Why you shouldn't eat cashews? ›

Cashew nuts may also cause bloating, constipation, weight gain, and joint swelling in some people. But these side effects are rare. When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if cashew is safe. If the unroasted cashew is used it might cause skin irritation, redness, and blisters.

Why should you avoid cashews? ›

Risks. Cashews contain fat, but these are mostly unsaturated fats, which are healthful in moderate quantities. Truly raw cashews are not safe to eat, as they contain a substance known as urushiol, found in poison ivy. Urushiol is toxic, and contact with it can trigger a skin reaction in some people.

Is it OK to eat nuts everyday? ›

Nuts contain fat. Even though most of it is healthy fat, the calories can still add up. That's why you should eat nuts in moderation. Adults should aim to eat about 4 to 6 servings of unsalted nuts a week as part of a healthy diet.

What is the best nut for weight loss? ›

The five best nuts that may help you lose weight are almonds, cashews, pistachios, hazelnuts, and walnuts. These nuts are rich in several essential nutrients that promote weight loss.

What is the best nut for diabetics? ›

The most important nuts for people with diabetes are probably the ones that improve cardiovascular health: almonds, walnuts, and pistachios, namely. If you only incorporate a few nuts into your diet, choose these ones. But be sure to avoid the salted varieties.

Which nut is highest in protein? ›

Peanuts. Peanuts are a legume but considered a nut from a nutritional and culinary standpoint. Like most legumes, they provide a lot of plant-based protein. In fact, peanuts have the highest protein content out of all commonly consumed nuts.

Can you eat too many nuts? ›

Gas, bloating, and digestive issues may occur.

It's a common side effect, thanks to compounds in nuts called phytates and tannins, which make them difficult to digest. And eating too much fat, which is found abundantly in nuts, in a short period of time can lead to diarrhea, says Alan R.

Who should not eat almonds? ›

05/6​Those who have difficulty in swallowing

Young children and some older people, who have difficulty in swallowing should also avoid nuts as it could increase the risk of choking. People suffering from dementia, Parkinson's disease, and reduced mobility may have a higher risk of aspiration.

Is the skin of almonds toxic? ›

It's completely safe to have almonds unpeeled. Many people consume soaked almonds in the morning time. While eating unpeeled and soaked almonds may be healthy but not more nutritious than eating them with their skin.

What can humans not eat? ›

Common Foods That Can Be Toxic
  • Cherry Pits. 1/12. The hard stone in the center of cherries is full of prussic acid, also known as cyanide, which is poisonous. ...
  • Apple Seeds. 2/12. ...
  • Elderberries. 3/12. ...
  • Nutmeg. 4/12. ...
  • Green Potatoes. 5/12. ...
  • Raw Kidney Beans. 6/12. ...
  • Rhubarb Leaves. 7/12. ...
  • Bitter Almonds. 8/12.
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Do nuts raise cholesterol? ›

Can eating too many nuts raise cholesterol? Yes, it is possible that eating nuts in excess may increase LDL cholesterol levels due to their saturated fat content. Eating nuts in excess may also exceed a person's daily calorie needs, leading to increased LDL cholesterol levels.

Can eating too many nuts cause inflammation? ›

The drawback from consuming too many omega-6 fats is that they are pro-inflammatory in nature, predisposing you to increased risk of developing chronic diseases and exacerbates conditions like joints pain and weight gain. Unfortunately, most nuts are very high in omega-6 fats and low in omega-3 fats.

Can I eat 10 cashews a day? ›

Nutritionists suggest limiting cashew nut kernels consumption to up to 5 – 10 cashews a day to avoid weight gain. You can eat 15–30 cashew nuts a day for a primary source of fat and a secondary source of protein. Not all fats are bad for you, and some types of fat can actually help your heart health.

Who should avoid cashews? ›

Those having nut allergies or high blood pressure should strictly stay away from them. If you have an allergy, then you will feel uneasy after eating cashews.” She further said, “Cashews can lead to constipation either when you overeat cashews or when you have an allergic reaction to them.

Why are peanuts not good for you? ›

Peanuts contain a natural plant substance called phytic acid, which can also be found in other legumes, nuts, seeds, and types of oils. Phytic acid, unfortunately, acts as an anti-nutrient in your body, meaning that it can inhibit your body's absorption of nutrients like iron, zinc, calcium, manganese, and magnesium.

What nut is poisonous until roasted? ›

Cashews contain a natural toxin called urushiol in their raw, unprocessed state. The toxin is found around the cashew shell and can leach out onto the exterior of the nut itself.

What nuts make you gassy? ›

If you are getting bloated due to fiber avoid: almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, and pecans.

What is the side effect of pistachio? ›

Pistachios contain high amounts of fibre. Therefore consuming pistachios in large quantities will disturb your digestion and cause diarrhoea, cramps, abdominal pain, intestinal pain, and irritable bowel syndrome. Fructan present in pistachios can also cause allergies in the gastrointestinal tract.

Can nuts cause colon problems? ›

In the past, people with small pouches (diverticula) in the lining of the colon were told to avoid nuts, seeds and popcorn. It was thought that these foods could lodge in diverticula and cause inflammation (diverticulitis). But there's no evidence that these foods cause diverticulitis.

What nuts help leaky gut? ›

Other foods that may improve gut health include: vegetables such as eggplant, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, and zucchini. fruits including blueberries, grapes, oranges, papaya, and strawberries. nuts and seeds, such as almonds, peanuts, cashews, and pine nuts.

What nuts have probiotics? ›

Almonds. Several recent studies have revealed that almonds may possess powerful probiotic properties. The nuts have been shown to increase levels of good bacteria in the gut, thanks to their high fibre content, and may even decrease levels of microbes that cause food poisoning.

How many nuts per day is too much? ›

Nuts are crunchy and snackable, so it is easy to eat too many nuts at a time. It is important to stick to the recommended daily serving size. You must eat only a handful of nuts (42 grams) in a day.

Is it OK to eat nuts at night? ›

Healthy foods, such as eggs, turkey, and nuts, may be suitable snacks and could help someone sleep. Eating regular balanced meals throughout the day, exercising, and having a relaxing evening routine may help someone avoid late night snacking.

How many walnuts a day is too much? ›

Final Thoughts. As nutritious as walnuts are, you don't need lots of them to reap the benefits. Also, too much consumption has been associated with gastrointestinal discomfort, allergic reactions, and high-calorie intake, causing weight gain, Make it a routine to stick to anything between 7-10 walnuts per day.

Which is the best time to eat nuts? ›

If you want to receive the maximum benefit from nuts, then its advised to consume them in the morning. Consuming nuts along with breakfast can help you ward off fatigue and smoothly regulate blood pressure in your body.

How do I reduce belly fat? ›

Here's how to whittle down where it matters most.
  1. Try curbing carbs instead of fats. ...
  2. Think eating plan, not diet. ...
  3. Keep moving. ...
  4. Lift weights. ...
  5. Become a label reader. ...
  6. Move away from processed foods. ...
  7. Focus on the way your clothes fit more than reading a scale. ...
  8. Hang out with health-focused friends.

What fruit reduces cholesterol quickly? ›

Apples, grapes, strawberries, citrus fruits.

These fruits are rich in pectin, a type of soluble fiber that lowers LDL.

Do eggs raise cholesterol? ›

Answer From Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D. Chicken eggs are an affordable source of protein and other nutrients. They're also naturally high in cholesterol. But the cholesterol in eggs doesn't seem to raise cholesterol levels the way some other foods, such as those high in trans fats and saturated fats, do.

What nuts help lower blood pressure? ›

Tree nuts -- hold the salt! -- like walnuts and almonds can be a great source of healthy fats that help your heart. But for high blood pressure, your best pick is pistachios. They seem to have the strongest effect on lowering both your top and bottom blood pressure readings.

Which nuts should diabetics avoid? ›

Avoid nuts that are coated in salt — Dobbins notes that sodium is bad for your blood pressure — and sugar. More bad news if you love the sweet-and-savory combo: Chocolate-covered peanuts and honey-roasted cashews are high in carbs and not the best choice when you have diabetes, Dobbins says.

Do nuts spike blood sugar? ›

Diabetes Management: Nuts could do wonders for your blood sugar levels. Nuts are known to be low-glycaemic foods, which is a ranking of carbohydrate according to how they affect blood sugar levels. They have a limited amount of dietary carbohydrate; therefore, it has a little effect on your blood glucose levels.

What nuts can diabetics eat freely? ›

The 5 nuts that are best for a diabetic person
  • Almonds. According to a study published in the journal, Metabolism in April 2011, Almonds manage the glucose level in a diabetic person. ...
  • Walnuts. Walnuts are high in calories but do not have any major impact on body weight. ...
  • Pistachios. ...
  • Peanuts. ...
  • Cashews.
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Are nuts high in iron? ›

Nuts and nut butters contain quite a bit of non-heme iron. This is especially true for almonds, cashews, pine nuts and macadamia nuts, which contain between 0.8–1.7 mg of iron per ounce (28.5 grams), or around 4–9% of the DV ( 26 , 27 , 28 , 29 ).

Which nuts have the most fiber? ›

Chestnuts (14.9g/100g), almonds (10.9g/100g) and hazelnuts (10.5g/100g) contain the most fibre. Mixed tree nuts contain 7.1g fibre per 100g (or 2.1g in a 30g handful). Where possible, look for nuts with their skin on, as these will be higher in fibre.

Which nut has the most fat? ›

Macadamia. The highest calorie nut on this list, macadamias have the highest fat content and 2 grams of net carbs, which explains why these nuts are popular among keto dieters. And like pecans, macadamias are also rich in monounsaturated fat.

Do nuts lower cholesterol? ›

Almonds and other tree nuts can improve blood cholesterol. A recent study concluded that a diet supplemented with walnuts can lower the risk of heart complications in people with history of a heart attack. All nuts are high in calories, so a handful added to a salad or eaten as a snack will do.

What happens if you eat too many almonds? ›

Almonds may cause constipation, weight gain, and vitamin E overdose. Overconsumption may also cause kidney stones, and bitter almonds may increase toxin levels in the body. These nuts may also aggravate tree nut allergies, and their fiber may interfere with nutrient absorption.

How many cashews can I eat a day? ›

How many cashews should I eat per day? Stick to a 1 ounce serving (about ¼ cup) per day, Sassos recommends, and you'll reap all of the nutritional benefits of cashews.

What is the best nut for weight loss? ›

The five best nuts that may help you lose weight are almonds, cashews, pistachios, hazelnuts, and walnuts. These nuts are rich in several essential nutrients that promote weight loss.

What is the best nut for diabetics? ›

The most important nuts for people with diabetes are probably the ones that improve cardiovascular health: almonds, walnuts, and pistachios, namely. If you only incorporate a few nuts into your diet, choose these ones. But be sure to avoid the salted varieties.

What happens when you eat too many nuts? ›

Gas, bloating, and digestive issues may occur.

It's a common side effect, thanks to compounds in nuts called phytates and tannins, which make them difficult to digest. And eating too much fat, which is found abundantly in nuts, in a short period of time can lead to diarrhea, says Alan R.

What nuts can you not eat raw? ›

Cashews contain a natural toxin called urushiol in their raw, unprocessed state. The toxin is found around the cashew shell and can leach out onto the exterior of the nut itself.

Which nuts is good for brain? ›

Nuts like almonds, pistachios and macadamias each bring something special to the table. Almonds help improve memory, pistachio nut oils help preserve fatty acids and prevent inflammation, and macadamias contribute to normal brain function.

Which nuts are heart healthy? ›

Almonds, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts and pecans also appear to be quite heart healthy. So are peanuts — though they are technically not a nut, but a legume, like beans. It's best to choose unsalted or unsweetened nuts. Adding salt or sugar to nuts may cancel out their heart-healthy benefits.

Which nuts should diabetics avoid? ›

Avoid nuts that are coated in salt — Dobbins notes that sodium is bad for your blood pressure — and sugar. More bad news if you love the sweet-and-savory combo: Chocolate-covered peanuts and honey-roasted cashews are high in carbs and not the best choice when you have diabetes, Dobbins says.

Do nuts spike blood sugar? ›

Diabetes Management: Nuts could do wonders for your blood sugar levels. Nuts are known to be low-glycaemic foods, which is a ranking of carbohydrate according to how they affect blood sugar levels. They have a limited amount of dietary carbohydrate; therefore, it has a little effect on your blood glucose levels.

Is popcorn healthy for diabetics? ›

Can people with diabetes eat popcorn? Popcorn can be a healthful snack for most people if they prepare it in the right way. Due to its relatively low-calorie and high-fiber content, air-popped popcorn can be a good option for people with diabetes too.

How many nuts is too much per day? ›

Nuts are crunchy and snackable, so it is easy to eat too many nuts at a time. It is important to stick to the recommended daily serving size. You must eat only a handful of nuts (42 grams) in a day.

Can nuts cause colon problems? ›

In the past, people with small pouches (diverticula) in the lining of the colon were told to avoid nuts, seeds and popcorn. It was thought that these foods could lodge in diverticula and cause inflammation (diverticulitis). But there's no evidence that these foods cause diverticulitis.

Do nuts cause inflammation? ›

Are peanuts inflammatory? The short answer is no, and in fact, peanuts and some peanut products like peanut butter have been shown to be anti-inflammatory.

What nuts are easiest to digest? ›

Cashews. One of the best nuts to improve digestion is cashews. This nut is not only a good source of dietary fibres but also rich in magnesium, which is another essential that can decrease several digestive diseases. Cashews contain oleic acid and palmitic acid, which are not produced by our bodies.

What vegetable is poisonous if eaten raw? ›

Do not eat an eggplant raw. Solanine, the compound which makes potatoes unsafe is present in eggplant as well. Young eggplants or the ones which were harvested early contain large quantities of this compound. Eating eggplant raw can lead to gastrointestinal problems and solanine poisoning.

Are raw walnuts safe to eat? ›

Both raw and roasted nuts are good for you and provide health benefits. Both varieties contain similar amounts of calories, protein, carbs and fiber. However, roasting nuts may damage their healthy fat, reduce their nutrient content and lead to the formation of a harmful substance called acrylamide.

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