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Why Macadamias, Pecans and Walnuts Should Be on Your Shopping List

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  • Because macadamia nuts and pecans have high fat and low protein and carb levels, they are superior choices, particularly if you eat a ketogenic diet
  • Walnuts, despite having a slightly higher protein and carb content, are also an excellent choice mainly because new research suggests eating them may reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes
  • You may not realize most nuts labeled as roasted have actually been fried in vegetable oil, often at high temperatures, putting you at risk of exposure to acrylamide, a possible carcinogen
  • For best results, always buy organic, raw nuts and soak them for eight to 12 hours before eating them to break down the plant compounds that otherwise make them hard to digest; macadamias are an exception and do not require soaking
  • If you eat nuts often, you should be mindful of the protein content, especially since most Americans overeat protein, which can be hazardous to your health

By Dr. Mercola

While many consider nuts to be nothing more than a snack food, there are several healthy reasons you should considering eating certain nuts a little more often. Three tree nuts I highly recommend are macadamias, pecans and walnuts. Because macadamias and pecans have high fat and low protein and carb levels, they are superior choices, particularly if you eat a ketogenic diet.


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