nuts are good for you, but they are also high calorie. a serving is an ounce or 1/4 cup, which isn't a lot of food. same for the avocado, it's got all sorts of good stuff for you in it, but a serving is 1/4 of an avocado and your fat is going to go through the roof if you have a whole one. but as with everything else, when you eat multiple servings of things at a time, the calories add up. and that's true whether it's nuts, avocado, chicken or chocolate cake. nuts to replace chips is a bad substitution idea imo. chips are volume food and nuts are the opposite. if you want to replace a volume/munching food, something like air popped popcorn or vegetables that can be sliced into sticks and perhaps dipped in a yogurt or hummus based dip are going to get you more bang for your calorie buck. a few nuts might round out that snack, but it should not be the basis of it.
For better nutrient value, also make sure they are raw, not roasted or processed in any way. I'm a vegetarian, so I eat a lot of nuts and seeds. They are good for upping the protein value in my meals and snacks. The combination of protein and fats keeps me feeling full longer. And your body does need fat to function properly. but from healthy sources like fish, olive oil, avocado, etc. And when your body receives sufficient fat from your diet, it more freely burns it off your body. You have to be careful about portions, but definitely a good bet.
They ARE good for you. You just have to be able to practice good portion control. I personally can't keep them around the house. I only eat them out where they're already pre-portioned.
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personally, I don't think nuts are worth it. You get such a small amount for a large amount of calories, and they never seem to fill me up.
I would rather eat a can of tuna
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Nuts only seem bad if you think along the axis that calories and fat are always BAD. Not all calories are created equal, and neither are fats. A nut is a pretty healthy food source...of course, too many will pack alot of calories leaving you limited options for the rest of your balanced diet that day, and too many can give some people pretty nasty stomach cramps. I enjoy them everyday as a snack...they help keep me away from calorie sources loaded with refined sugars (and other fast acting carbs) or bad fats.
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While they're high in calories and fat for such a small amount, they're loaded with healthy fats (and protein!) that are beneficial to your health.
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I always hear people say that nuts are a great snack alternative to more junky foods - I just bought some (hazelnuts, walnuts, peanuts, all no salt added) and entered them into my nutrition tracker... I was SHOCKED by how much calories and fat they have (I only ate about 15 nuts total).
Am I not eating the right kind? I feel a bit sad wasting so much of my allowed calories and fat calories on a few nuts :-(
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