Nutty Fun Facts You May Not Know

Nutty Fun Facts You May Not Know

There’s no doubt about it: Americans love nuts. As a handy snack that can be consumed on the go, nuts are also packed with lots of nutrients that are beneficial for our health, from monounsaturated fatty acids to antioxidants. What’s not to love? However, there are many fun facts about these tiny, bite-sized snacks you may not know. Read on to find out more!

The Most Popular “Nut” Is Not Actually A Nut

You read that right: peanuts are not actually nuts, but legumes. They are also by far the most popular “nut” consumed in American households. Accounting for up to two thirds of all nut consumption, you would be hard pressed to find someone who has never heard of a PB&J sandwich. On the flip sides, peanuts are also highly allergenic and the number of people with a peanut allergy has tripled over the past 15 years.

Cashew Nuts Have Toxic Shells

Have you ever wondered why cashew nuts are always sold roasted? That’s because their shells contain a resin called urushiol, which can be toxic when ingested. To give you an idea of just how bad it can be, urushiol is also found in poison ivy!

Almost Half of All Almonds Are Purchased by Chocolate Manufacturers

This one may not come as a surprise if you are a fan of chocolate. Approximately 40% of all almonds are purchased by chocolate manufacturers – you may have seen all varieties of nuts being mixed into chocolate bars, from macadamias to hazelnuts. However, it is always best to consume your almonds whole to reap the full health benefits. Regardless of how many almonds are packed into it, chocolate is chockfull of sugar and should only be consumed occasionally, as a treat.

Macadamias Are Packed with Monounsaturated Fatty Acids

Packed with Omega-3 and Omega-6, macadamias contain the highest concentration of monounsaturated fatty acids of any nut. Health benefits of consuming macadamias include lowered LDL levels, cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels. One thing that many people may not know is that dogs should never be fed macadamias regardless of how beneficial they are for humans, as they can induce vomiting, weakness and indigestion in your canine friend.

The Green and Purplish Color of Pistachios Are Due to Its Antioxidant Content

Have you ever wondered why part of a pistachio is green and sometimes even purplish? This is due to its antioxidant content which can help to neutralize harmful free radicals –  one more reason to love pistachios!

Buy An Assortment of Nuts at Jaybee's Nuts

Whether you are looking for peanuts, macadamias, pistachios or cashews, Jaybee’s Nuts has got them all. Since our inception in 2015, we have been providing top-quality nuts for our satisfied customers. With doorstep delivery and a wide range of jars and gift baskets, what better time to kickstart your healthy eating journey? If you have questions or would like some recommendations, please do not hesitate to contact us today.