There are all kinds of nuts, and some are better than others. Nuts are certainly a healthier snack than chips or candy, but they may lose up to 10 of their healthy oils when roasted.
And cooking at high temperatures may even cause the formation of chemicals that promote aging. Here’s a guide to nut snacking, from healthy to the most least:
- raw and freshly refrigerated
- freshly toasted or dry roasted (in your oven)
- roasted in their own fat and salted (in a package)
- roasted in partially hydrogentated fat and even worse if they’re sugared.
It only takes eight weeks to change you taste buds, so we urge you to give nuts another chance – especially since they are linked to decreased risk of heart disease and cancer. Your best bet? Raw walnuts, almonds and hazlenuts: Walnuts rank highest in healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
Check expiration dates, since nuts can go rancid quickly, and store them in the fridge to keep them fresh.
-Dr. Roizen & Dr. Oz, Readers Digest