First off, yes: nuts are fruits. Unlike most fruits, in which a usually edible flesh surrounds the seed, the edible element of a nut is no other than itself, encased in an inedible hard shell that can be cracked open by either hand, teeth of a steel nutcracker, or a squirrel.
With all this discussion about benefits and nutrition, what food category do nuts belong to? Nuts and seeds belong to the Protein food category. Now, here are some of the nuts you’ll find in those trail mixes. While there are several more, these are the most common nuts for trail mixes (not counting peanuts):
Almonds: A good fiber and vitamin E source, almonds are a nutritious snack option. The mono- and polyunsaturated fats included in these foods also aid in the reduction of “bad” cholesterol in the human body.
Cashews: Since the oil in their shells, similar to poison ivy, is exceedingly unpleasant, you may have questioned why they are so pricey. In terms of fat content, cashews are towards the bottom among nuts. However, a large portion of that fat is saturated.
Macadamia: If you want them more delectable, you may cover them in milk chocolate and serve them dessert. They have been demonstrated to lower total and LDL (bad) cholesterol, a nutritional benefit.
Hazelnuts: Of course, they’re much better off without the booze, but plant sterols in hazelnuts, as well as the nuts’ high monounsaturated fat, help reduce HDL cholesterol.
Pistachios: Numerous health advantages have been shown for pistachios (another great source of monounsaturated fats and sterols), which was well discussed in the scientific literature.
Walnuts: Walnut is now mostly farmed in California, one of the world’s most popular snack nuts. A beneficial omega-3 lipid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), is found in walnuts, the world’s nuts containing considerable ALA levels.