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You Ask, I Answer: Salted Peanuts

Posted Mar 09 2010 10:00pm

planters coctail peanutsWhat’s your opinion regarding salted vs non-salted peanuts? I personally prefer the non-salted type, but they’re hard to find.

– Viola Tang
Wheeling, IL

When it comes to peanuts (and tree nuts, like almonds, cashews, and walnuts), salted versus unsalted is really a moot point.

Whereas unsalted varieties offer 0 milligrams of sodium per serving (shocking, I know), salted ones only offer 115 milligrams per one-ounce serving.

Let’s put that into perspective.  A hundred and fifteen milligrams of sodium is:

  • Slightly less than what you get in a slice of bread
  • Slightly lower than the sodium content of a Luna bar
  • One third of the sodium content of an Au Bon Pain cinnamon scone
  • Less than half the sodium in one slice of a 12″ Domino’s cheese pizza
  • Slightly less than the sodium in a cup of cow’s milk

Since nuts offer a terrific mix of fat, protein, and fiber the three pillars of satiety! it is difficult to overeat and, therefore, go overboard on calories or sodium in one sitting.

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