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In this Lesson you will Learn

  1. What are true nuts?
  2. What are culinary nuts?
  3. Are all nuts healthy?

True nuts, botanically speaking, include chestnuts, hazelnuts, and acorns. These nuts have a hard shell that does not open to release the seed.

When most people talk about nuts, however, they are talking about culinary nuts. Common culinary nuts include almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, and walnuts, which are all technically seeds, as well as peanuts, which are technically legumes.1 Nuts, whether true nuts or not, contain healthy fats which are thought to lower bad cholesterol and contribute to a healthy heart.2

Nutrition DNA

The nutrition DNA of nuts. For example, you can see that 100g nuts cover 97% of your daily need of Manganese and 80% of the recommended Fat intake. Hover over the bars to see which nutrient is covered.


  1. HowStuffWorks - Nuts
  2. Mayo Clinic


  1. True nuts include chestnuts, hazelnuts, and acorns, while culinary nuts include everything from almonds and cashews to pistachios and peanuts.
  2. All nuts contain healthy fats which are good for cardiovascular health.
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