Top 5 Low Carb Nuts
Finding a low carb snack that you can eat on the go can be hard! We recommend that you have a bag of nuts with you at all times, just in case you need some food to tie you over between meals. Our nutritionist Sara keeps Brazil nuts in the car for after the school pick up.
So which nuts are the best options when you are eating Keto?
Below is our list, with number 1 being the lowest carb nut per 100g, have a read and stock up next time you are doing your shopping.
1. Brazil Nuts
Per 100g: Carbs: 2.4g, Protein 14.4g, Fat 68.5g
The Brazil Nut, from Brazil, is the lowest carb nut, just two creamy, crunchy Brazil nuts which have been cultivated in selenium-rich soil will give you the recommended daily amount of selenium. Not only a mineral, selenium is a powerful antioxidant, meaning it can help reduce oxidation (damage) to our cells by free radicals.
Per 100g: Carbs 3g, Protein 14.4g, Fat 69.2g
An excellent nut for snacking and baking with! The walnut is the only nut – plus one of the few plant-based foods – that contains omega-3, an essential fatty acid that we must contain from our foods. Usually you hear about Omega-3 as the fatty acid in Salmon. Omega-3 plays an important role in cognitive function and helps reduce inflammation in the body.
Per 100g: Carbs 4.5g, Protein 14.8g, Fat 76.2g
You thought Macadamia would be number one didn't you?! Macadamia nuts do have the highest fat content of all nuts and are SUPER tasty. Macadamias are also loaded with monounsaturated fat – one of the nutrients that are a big part of the Mediterranean diet. A small handful of these nuts are a great and filling snack.
Per 100g: Carbs 4.8g, Protein 19.5g, Fat 54.7g
The most popular ‘snack nut’, almonds are awesome because they taste kinda sweet, while also happening to be low in carbs. They also have a high protein content and an excellent source of antioxidant-rich vitamin E. Almonds are a great choice because they are affordable and easy to find in most food stores.
Per 100g: Carbs 4.9g, Protein 9.8g, Fat 71.9g
Creamy in texture and sweet, pecans are high in nutrients like magnesium and B vitamins. The pecan is also one of the nuts richest in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, the same ‘good fats’ you get in olive oil. Pecans also contain high levels of manganese, plus magnesium, zinc phosphorus and thiamin.